xAvril Lavigne admits she’s had her fair share of meltdowns during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Still, she wanted to do something positive for the world, to help everyone stay optimistic. So, the Canadian pop star gave a pandemic facelift to her Chad Kroeger cowrite “Warrior” and renamed it “We are Warriors.”
“I’m hoping this song gives the world hope and brings it comfort,” she says. “It’s also a reminder that this is still going on. Even though we’re inside, we need to be patient and follow the guidelines right now.
“We have medical workers working 17-hour shifts and putting their lives at risk. People are trying to not worry about it, but the thing is, the medical workers work longer and harder. We need to give them a break.”
“We are Warriors” takes an anthemic, collective tone to remind listeners of their inner strength and ability to come together in this crisis. The song expands on its original version’s reflection of Lavigne’s own health battle with Lyme disease and her first-hand knowledge of the struggle, hope and determination it takes to overcome.
Coinciding with the song’s release, The Avril Lavigne Foundation has partnered with Project HOPE, a global health organization dedicated to placing power in the hands of local health care workers across the globe, who are providing support on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I felt the need to do something to honor all of the front-line workers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe,” she says.
“From the doctors, nurses, police, firefighters, grocery workers, delivery services, all essential workers and the brave volunteers. I am humbled with gratitude and want to dedicate my song ‘We Are Warriors’ to everyone putting their lives at risk to keep us safe.
“You guys are the ones who are holding the world up right now and we’re all counting on you and relying on you.”
All net proceeds from sales and streams of “We are Warriors” and its accompanying video will help Project HOPE’s ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts around the world—including providing personal protective equipment (PPE). To make an additional donation to this effort, visit charitystars.com/Warriors.
“This is my small way of showing my gratitude toward the front-line workers,” Lavigne says. “It’s so incredible to see them step up to the plate.”
“Head Above Water” and “Warrior” were the first two songs Lavigne wrote about her own struggles with Lyme disease for her sixth album, 2019’s “Head Above Water.”
“I’ve gotten really strong and I’m doing really well,” she says.
“It’s nice to be able to bring back ‘Warrior.’ (Front-line workers) are the true warriors right now. I re-recorded it, changed some of the lyrics and dedicated it to them.”
Lavigne took a DIY approach to filming the accompanying video, which she shot on her iPhone in selfie mode on a tripod in her backyard.
“I became a director, producer and editor all in one,” she says with a laugh. “I’ve been doing the work for 30 people. I almost had a nervous breakdown the other day. ”
Lavigne has been quarantining since March 14 with her good friends, whom she calls her “team.”
“We’ve been cooking for one another,” she says. “We’re all taking turns being super safe. No one comes over. If we do, we wear masks and gloves and we’re super careful.”
The pandemic has inspired Lavigne to write new music—a marked return to the hard pop for which she’s known.
“The songs I feel like writing now are upbeat,” she says.
“I know what it’s like to be isolated to the world. I was in an introspective headspace. Now I’m coming out on the other side and getting better. I put out the record, went on tour and I’m in a different place. I just want to write songs about beer—good old rock ‘n’ roll music.”