The Scottish, synth-pop band CHVRCHES [pronounced churches], stopped by the NYC Spotify Studios and recorded a cover of Rihanna‘s “Stay” from Unapologetic. Along with Rihanna’s 2012 hit “Stay,” the band also recorded a new rendition of their single “Get Out” off of their Love Is Dead album.
This acoustic cover highlights Mayberry’s vocals beautifully. Others such as, Patti Smith and Low have covered “Stay” since its release in 2012, but what sets CHVRCHES’ cover apart from the rest is how it doesn’t lose the essence of the original. Even though “Stay” is a pop ballad, at its heart is a love song about two people fighting to be loved.
The acoustic instruments and Mayberry’s soft, melodic voice allow you to listen to the lyrics. We were huge fans of Rihanna’s original, so hearing a cover that could capture the raw emotions of her cries saying, “I want you to stay” is super refreshing! On top of this amazing cover, CHVRCHES has an authentic and refreshing sound as a band on their own. If you haven’t heard their music before get on Spotify now and hear what they have to offer!
Listen to the “Stay” cover HERE: