Ileen Laura releases video for “Sit Beside Me”

Canadian Christian artist, Ileen Laura has unveiled a video for her hopeful and inspiring new single, “Sit Beside Me”, which documents the process she and her husband went through as they figured out how to prioritize her music career amid their family responsibilities.

“Back in 2020, the pandemic had just become a reality,” the Toronto-based singer/songwriter recalls. “Schools were shut down and, as a high school music teacher, this meant planning for school music concerts and festivals was put on pause.”

Within quarantine, time became all Ileen Laura’s for a moment, and she began to consider her life and her purpose — concluding that something was missing.

During one of the first evenings in the stay-at-home order, she and her husband were discussing why she stopped writing music after they got married, and got into huge disagreements.

“I had been blaming him for missed opportunities,” she shares. With previously released offerings including “Letters To My Daughter” in 2013, and “Joy” in 2010, as well as having opened for Walk Off The Earth, Justin Nozuka, and at the Scene Music Festival, she had also just assumed her music career was now behind her — despite her husband’s willingness to support it.

“I wrote ‘Sit Beside Me’ after hearing my pastor speak one Sunday at our church on the subject of ‘Spiritual Gifts,’” she says. “He spoke about the fact that, as Christians we are all given these gifts, but it is up to us to use our gifts to glorify God.

“It was as if he wrote the sermon just for me. I realized I hadn’t been using my gift at all.”

A year later, she had written a full-length album, fully recommitting herself to her craft and higher power; I Am Yours is set for release this Spring 2022.

Check out the video fro “Sit Beside Me” below, and stay up to date with Ileen via her socials.

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