Avril Lavigne performed on stage for the first time in more than a year at the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony in Los Angeles. Video of her poignant performance of her new song ‘Fly’ has gone viral, and you can see it right here!
Yes, taking to the stage for the first time in more than a year, the 30-year-old Canadian music superstar performed perform “Fly,” her new single as the torch was lit at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games at the Los Angeles Coliseum in L.A.
Lyrics of Avril Lavigne’s song, include such uplifting lines as “There’s a light inside all of us. / Soon, you’ll find that it’s your time to fly.”
And it was quite an occasion for a return. Not only are the international games one of the largest gatherings of athletes worldwide — according to the organization more than 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 170 countries — but also one of the most inspirational.
The crowd was massive, and the ceremony itself featured appearances from such public figures and celebrities as First Lady Michelle Obama, Maria Shriver, Michael Phelps, Eva Longoria, Jimmy Kimmel, Greg Louganis, and others. Among the performers Stevie Wonder, Nicole Scherzinger, and Cody Simpson.
For Lavigne also a triumph. In a recent interview on GMA she opened up with her struggle with Lyme disease which has kept her from performing until now. At the time, she said of her own journey back to the concert stage, “This is my second shot at life. I really just want to go out there and truly do what I love.”
After her performance she took to Instagram, posted a picture and in her caption she said in part, “Thank you for having me and please enjoy my song Fly. I wrote this song to encourage people who are facing challenges, to encourage strength and to empower. Xoxo.” You can see the pic below.
Watch the full video of Avril Lavigne’s emotionally powerful performance of ‘Fly’ at the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony in the video below!
Honored to have performed my song Fly at the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics tonight. All proceeds go to support the Special Olympics. This was a very beautiful night for me. Congratulations to all the athletes. Thank you to everyone who supports the Avril Lavigne Foundation. It has been a difficult year fighting through Lyme Disease for me and I am so happy to have made it on stage tonight for the first performance in a year. Thank you for having me and please enjoy my song Fly. I wrote this song to encourage people who are facing challenges, to encourage strength and to empower. Xoxo