Back in 2018, Avril Lavigne gave fans the long-awaited first taste of her recent sixth studio album with the title track. “Head Above Water” is an empowering pop ballad, but on Friday (Aug. 30), the tune got a refresh with help from her co-writer, We the Kings’ Travis Clark.
The new tune features heavenly harmonies from the crooner, and adds to the emotion of the already heartstring-tugging melody. “Writing ‘Head Above Water’ with Travis Clark from We The Kings was such a beautiful experience,” Lavigne said in a press statement. “I started this song during a tough time battling Lyme disease a few years ago and thought my life was over. One night when I was starting to feel better, I had a party at my house and somehow Travis was there. I had never met him before. I found him on my piano and I just thought he was so unbelievably talented, and I asked him to finish the song with me.”
“We worked so hard on this track and were able to take my story and put it out in the world,” she continued. “I hope that my words in this song and our voices bring you hope faith light and strength and that you also are able to keep your head above the water.”
In just a few weeks, the songstress will head out on her first tour in five years, which kicks off Sept. 14 in Seattle. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Listen to “Head Above Water,” featuring Travis Clark, below.