By Lauren Schwab Eyre
Seeing Avril Lavigne’s concert in Detroit last September was like reliving my teenage rock years. I will always love her punk rock princess attitude. Avril uses hardship in her life to stay strong, keep fighting for her life and inspire others. Her 2019 album Head Above Water features both impactful ballads and fun melodies for the inner Avril in us all. Her battle with Lyme disease led her to write songs about fighting for her life. In the closing track “Warrior” she sings, “‘Cause I’m a warrior, I fight for my life like a soldier, all through the night. And I won’t give up, I will survive, I’m a warrior. And I’m stronger, that’s why I’m alive, I will conquer, time after time. I’ll never falter, I will survive, I’m a warrior.”
Now Avril wants to give back to the everyday warriors fighting to save lives from COVID-19. She went to her home studio to record a remix “We Are Warriors” paying tribute to the hard workers putting their own lives at risk during this time. The heartwarming music video features photos and video of nurses working in hospitals along with her warrior fans coming together to support one another.
With the cancellation of her tour Avril wants to give back, “I wanted to get involved and contribute so I got to work in the studio and I want to dedicate this to all of you. I re-recorded ‘Warrior’ to reflect our current world and all the amazing heroic things you’re all doing. To all the hospital workers, postal service people, grocery store workers, police and firemen, every single one of you who has had their world shaken. This is for you.”
Avril’s social media posts have brought people together from around the world. “Ever since our world was turned upside down a few weeks ago I’ve seen everyday people put on their armor and go into battle. Simple tasks like delivering mail has become a heroic effort. Overnight everyone was asked to battle. Overnight everyone became Warriors,” she shares with followers.
Avril writes this heartfelt letter:
Thank you for sharing your stories with me. Thank you for your bravery.
Thank you for risking your lives everyday for us.
The only way we’re going to beat this is together and you’ve all given me a renewed sense of hope and faith that we will prevail and come out of this stronger than ever.
This story is yours and I’m honored that you’re letting me contribute in my own way; for that I am truly grateful.
Thank you to my team of Warriors!
BMG and Convicts for helping me execute on my vision.
Lee Friedlander for your creativity and guidance.
Chris Baseford for vocal producing and mixing.
Pete Jonas for vocal recording and engineering as well as for filming, and performing with me for our live in-home sessions.
Lauren Bates for hair, styling and production.
Thank you to Lindsey Stirling for the beautiful violin that we added to the track.
Thank you to The Avril Lavigne Foundation, Project HOPE and CharityStars for helping me get your generous donations and the proceeds from We Are Warriors to those Warriors in need. To make an additional donation visit CharityStars.com/Warriors
Thank you to YOU. I wouldn’t be here without each and every one of you. Don’t give up. Keep strong. Stick together. And never, ever forget –
We Are Warriors
Photo Credit to Avril Lavigne Facebook