Watch: Avril Lavigne gives ‘Head Above Water’ live debut on ‘Kimmel’
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Pop-punk teen idol Avril Lavigne returned to the spotlight with her first new recorded material since 2013 shared last Wednesday titled, “Head Above Water.” The climactic, piano-driven ballad certainly acts as the start of a new life and career chapter for Lavigne, who broke onto the mainstream pop scene in 2002 with her hit pop-punk album, Let Go but has since spent the past few years focusing on her health and personal life after being diagnosed with Lyme disease and separating with husband Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.

On Wednesday, Lavigne also returned to life in front of the camera with her first televised performance in years as the musical guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” This was Lavigne’s first solo performance since 2015 when she sang at The Special Olympics in Los Angeles back in June of 2015. She had also joined Nickelback on stage during a concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in 2017. 

The full video of Wednesday’s performance can be watched above and shows that Lavigne has since ditched her skate shoes and neckties for blonde hair and an angelic white dress which glows underneath the stage lighting. The singer looked comfortable and composed as if she’d never taken any time away from performing over the last few years. Lavigne sticks pretty close to her microphone home base throughout the performance, letting the wave of melodies do most of the dancing throughout the air and into the audience. It may not have been the biggest performance of her career thus far, but considering the time away from being Avril Lavigne, the moment must have been pretty big for the singer, who will include the song on her upcoming yet-to-be-announced studio album.

“One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die,” Lavigne admitted upon the song’s release last week. “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 hasn’t gone into further details as to when her first album since her self-titled release in 2013. Fans should assume that she’ll be delivering more performances of the song as well as some of her biggest career hits with a full tour upon the release of the album, but for now, fans will get to listen to “Head Above Water” on repeat until then.