"By Your Side" is the lead single from the English group Sade's fifth studio album, Lovers Rock (2000). The track was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" in 2002, losing out to Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird". The video for this single was directed by Sophie Muller.
This song was featured in a Sex and the City episode entitled "The Good Fight", originally aired on 6 January 2002.
"By Your Side" also has remixes by Ben Watt as well as The Neptunes, for which a video was made. It was also covered by Beachwood Sparks on their 2001 album Once We Were Trees. This is also a very popular song at wedding receptions as many couples choose it as their "first dance" song. Celebrities who have used this at their weddings include Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli as well as Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra
Sade Adu was born in Ibadan,Nigeria. Her name, Folasade, means honour confers a crown.Her parents, Bisi Adu, a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background, and Anne Hayes, an English nurse, met in London and moved to west Africa.
Later, when the marriage ran into difficulties, Anne returned to Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England, taking four-year-old Sade and her older brother Banji to live with her parents. Living in Colchester, Essex, Sade read a good deal, developed an interest in fashion, acquired a taste for dancing and listened to soul artists like Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, and Marvin Gaye.
In 1977, Sade arrived in London for a three-year course in fashion design at St. Martin's College. On graduating, she set up a small fashion company, making men's clothes, in London's Chalk Farm, with a friend, Gioia Mellor.She also found work as a photographic model..