"Stay" is a song written by Bob Khozouri and Mark Stevens, and originally recorded by Glenn Jones and released in 1990. It reached number six on the US Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. The song became a worldwide hit for British girl group Eternal in 1993 and 1994.
Three years after the first recording, "Stay" was the debut single of British girl group Eternal. It released on 20 September 1993 as the lead single from their 1993 debut album, Always & Forever. The single entered the UK Singles Chart at number 16 on 26 September 1993, eventually peaking at number four on 17 October 1993. The single was also a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 19 on 12 March 1994 and selling over 220,000 copies in the US.
Music & Media wrote about the song: "Pleased to meet Louise, Vernett, Easther and Kelle, the British answer to En Vogue. This uptempo tune certainly has the necessary staying power. Radio Gong/Nuremberg music director Marc Stingl has received fabulous feedback from his listeners after he made it powerplay. "Our so-called 'hit hammer' is played 36 times a week. According to our rules we never tell what it is, because we want enthusiasts to phone in. Well, it's an absolutely sensational song, a sure-to-be European hit, so our phones were red hot.
The music video for "Stay" was filmed in New York City, directed by Marcus Nispel, and features the girls executing choreographed dance moves against colorful backdrops. The video became a staple on the American cable network BET's Video Soul in early 1994