Following up on successful collaborations with Selena Gomez (“I Want You to Know”), Hailee Steinfeld and Grey (“Starving”), Foxes (“Clarity”), and Paramore’s Hayley Williams (“Stay the Night”), Grammy-winning producer and DJ Zedd has teamed up with a quickly rising name in music for his latest single.
The Russian-German artist and Canadian singer Alessia Cara dropped “Stay” on Thursday. The track is the fourth lead single for the “Here” and “Scars to Your Beautiful” songstress, who also performed the Oscar-nominated Moana song “How Far I’ll Go” for the movie’s soundtrack. (Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the song, will perform it at Sunday’s awards alongside Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced the title character.)
Cara’s unique vocals drive the beat, that is, until Zedd’s signature electronic production takes over. As suggested by the title, the song tells the tale of two people on the verge of a breakup, with the lyrics asking the other to “Stay a minute / Just take your time / The clock is ticking / So stay / All you have to do is / Wait a second / Your hands on mine / The clock is ticking / So stay.”
“I think this song is right in the middle between where Alessia is musically and where I am and that’s what’s so exciting about it,” Zedd explained in a release. “I’ve been trying to knock down barriers around music genres and this is another step for me to walk towards a musical future where I can create any genre I want without people putting me in a box.”
“It still feels like me, just an elevated pop sound,” Cara added. “I don’t know that I would be this bold on my own stuff so it’s cool to try these things with collaborators.”