Avril Lavigne has re-emerged from her five-year hiatus from the music scene with the release of a powerful new faith-based song “Head Above Water.” A song that was inspired by her cry out to God during a near-death experience. Lavigne has been battling Lyme disease since 2014. In a recent statement, she revealed that she turned to God when she thought her life was about to end.

“One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed, ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the songwriting of this album began,” Lavigne said.

Lavigne was raised in a devoutly Catholic household and sang in her church choir before emerging as a “bad-girl” mainstream artist.

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Ross Cluver
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Ross Cluver is a 30 year Christian music veteran who has been with CCM Magazine since 1994. He is currently Associate Publisher at Salem Publishing & Managing Editor of CCM. Before coming to CCM, Ross managed the Harvest Rock Syndicate alternative Christian music magazine and also worked in concert promotion, artist management and radio. Send your industry news and press releases to Ross at: info@salempublishing.com

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