This is quite the surprise!
Avril Lavigne, a pop-punk singer-songwriter, released her new single on Sept. 19 entitled, “Head Above Water.”
The artist is known for her punk-rock style and on-the-surface songwriting, some of which can be quite profane.
However, “Head Above Water” is a pure, powerful, and heartfelt ballad that symbolically cries out to God for mercy and healing through deep struggle and suffering.
Lavigne has never been considered a Christian artist, which is why topping the Christian charts shock!
Here are some of the lyrics:
“God, keep my head above water
Don’t let me drown, it gets harder
I’ll meet you there at the altar
As I fall down to my knees
Don’t let me drown, drown, drown
Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown”
Where it originated: “I thought I was dying”
The entire song is a prayer based on an experience with Lyme Disease.
In a letter to her fans, she wrote these words:
“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 song writing of this album began. It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on.”
It sounds like the Holy Spirit inspired her!