"Stay" "is a song Nick wrote when he had a day off in Washington It came after some things that I was going through that really inspired it. and I'm just in a good place right now and was able to get a song out of it, which is always nice."
On 6 January Nick said about the song on Twitter:
Played a new song I wrote last night, at the show tonight called ‘Stay’. It's about fallin for someone. I hope you like it when you hear it.One of the lines is… 'Now that the pain is done, no need to be afraid, we don’t have time to waste, just tell me that you’ll stay'. 'One more line from ‘Stay’.'Beautiful, one of a kind. You’re something special babe, and you don’t even realize that your my hearts desire. One final line for the night. ‘Its hard to believe where we are now, your hand in mine feels right somehow’ – Stay”
On 2 March 2010 they released the song "Stay" as a digital single and a digital EP. Nick said that the song won't be on their first record because he wrote it too late to add it. The digital single/ Digital EP of "Stay" contains only the live version of the song. Another live version of the song was recorded on 28 January at the wiltern theater in Los Angeles. On 11 May 2010 it the song was used on the live album: Nick Jonas & The Administration Live at the Wiltern January 28th, 2010.
The basis of the video is a live performance of the song at the Wiltern theater during the Who I Am Tour. The video was released on the EP of Stay; which was released on 2 March 2010 as a digital download on iTunes.
Nick Jonas performed the song live for the first time on 6 January during the Who I Am Tour with the Administration. On 29 August 2010 he performed "Stay" on tour during a concert in Virginia Beach which was a part of the Jonas Brothers Live In Concert Tour.
On 23 February 2011 Nick performed the song during an acoustic set, accompanied by Jonas Brothers guitarist John Taylor. On 1 July, Nick performed the song live during the Microsoft Store Grand Opening in Century City. They performed the song on 16 July, during the Ottawa Blues fest. The song was also performed during the concerts of Nick Jonas & the Administration in South America.