Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb can’t accept her hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” is 25 years old.
The willowy pop song found its way to the top spot thanks to placement in the 1994 movie “Reality Bites.” Loeb became the first unsigned music artist to have a No. 1 hit, and that was quickly remedied with a deal from Geffen.
“When I look at pictures, it seems like a long time ago,” Loeb says. “But it doesn’t feel as far away. The song ‘Stay’ has been so present in my life since it came out. I sing it in all my shows. People are big fans of the song. I still really connect with the song.”
In honor of the anniversary, Loeb will perform at Tempe’s Zia Record Exchange for an exclusive Record Store Day in-store performance and vinyl signing at 1 p.m. Friday, November 29 (Black Friday).
Loeb will also release the limited-edition 12-inch vinyl called “Stay 25.” The clear red LP single will feature artwork inspired by the original single artwork and a number of extra live bonus tracks recorded with Loeb’s original band Nine Stories in Japan.
“I was a huge record collector back before vinyl was ‘vinyl,’” she says. “They were just records. The record store community connects people. People care about music. The artwork is detailed and it’s fun to be a part of that.
“Now, my husband always goes to Black Friday to buy records. I’m not always there. He brings my kids. It’ll be fun to see it in person.”
In the last 25 years, Loeb has released 14 widely studio albums, both for grownups and kids, and her own eyewear collection. She also founded The Camp Lisa Foundation, which sends underserved kids to summer camp.
She’ll add to her catalog next year when she releases an adult album. Loeb keeps busy, too, with voice-over work, and raising her two children.
“I’m always making music and touring and connection with people, whether it’s my family or my fans,” she says.
Her new single is called “Sing Out,” a song she co-wrote with Eric Lumiere after she performed at Nashville Pride several years ago. She was inspired by the joy of the crowd.
“It’s a special song to sing at pride events,” she says. “It really celebrates people being themselves. It has a special meaning for pride, but really it’s for all people who need a little encouragement to be themselves—their unique selves.”
As for “Stay,” Loeb says the track has remained relevant because it has classic, universal themes of love and confusion.
“People connect to it and have kept it around in their lives for the last 25 years,” she adds. “The song reminds them of something. It’s nostalgic. It takes them back to a certain place. It’s a timeless recording and the video is a timeless way to tell a story.”
Zia Records, 3201 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, ziarecords.com, recordstoreday.com, 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, November 29, free.