The lead single from Kingdom Coming, this house/soul infused number received its debut air play on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show on September 19, 2017. Emeli Sandé told the DJ that the "relaxed, happy vibe" of "Starlight," is a reflection of where she is in life.
Sandé had admitted earlier in 2017, that she had considered quitting the music industry altogether. This song is "about falling back in love with making music."
The Scottish singer-songwriter explained: "Every now and then, some time away can give you the perspective you need to remind you what's important. I made this song for the pure love and the joy that it brought. 'Starlight' is a true reflection of where I am at in my life at the moment - making music that truly makes me happy and falling in love with it again."
"Falling in love is such a magical feeling and I have tried my best to represent that in the words and music of this song," she added. "This is the world that my music career started in and it feels incredible to be releasing music that shows a new side of me. The song came so naturally and I really hope it makes people feel good, uplifted and free."
The song was produced by the Canadian producer and songwriter, Illangelo, who is best known for being a long-time collaborator of The Weeknd.