There are times, very late at night, when I gaze out my window at the city lights and begin to ponder all of life’s great wonders, mysteries and complexities. The heartbreak. The joy. The cruelty of human nature. The transience of youth. I stare deep into the dark until a voice greets me and echoes my very concerns: “There’s gotta be more to life than chasing down every temporary high to satisfy me.”

Bible quote? Basically, yes: It’s a Stacie Orrico reference, the pop starlet behind 2003’s smash hits, “Stuck” and “(There’s Gotta Be) More To Life.” The songs didn’t just dominate the charts at the time — they helped define the sound of early ’00’s pop. (Personally speaking, anyway: Kimberly Caldwell‘s cover of “Stuck” during American Idols Live! Tour 2003 is not a memory I will soon forget.)

It’s been well over seven years since Stacie’s last effort — 2006’s Beautiful Awakening. Alas, she is finally back.

In a new video posted today on her newly minted YouTube channel, the singer finally put those comeback questions to bed with a long explanation of where she’s been (Africa and New York, mostly), what she’s been doing (wandering, feeling lost and finding herself, just like the rest of us in our twenties) and what she’s got planned — a return to music.

During the 3-minute stoop clip, Stacie revealed that she’s back in the studio working on a new record. And while that’s happening, she’ll be putting on a live e-concert on November 6 via StageIt (!!!). Just stay tuned on Stacie’s Twitter for the formal announcement.

The wait is finally over — we are stuck no more.

‘Stacie Orrico’ was released in 2003. (iTunes)