Listen: Mayer Hawthorne, "Stay" (Rihanna Cover)

Hear Hawthorne's funky version of the Rihanna ballad

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/performer Mayer Hawthorne has unleashed his version of Rihanna's lonely ballad, "Stay," breathing new life into the song, what he calls "one of the best pop songs." The “only thing that was missing from the original version of the song was the funk,” Hawthorne said in an interview with Esquire. As such, he decided to record his own version in the likeness of "that sexy Barry White funk zone." Listen below: