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Walker Hayes: ‘Fancy Like’ viral success was a ‘game changer’ for his family (exclusive)

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It’s good to be a “fancy like” Walker Hayes. The country singer is reflecting on the viral success of her hit single a year after its release while waiting for her next move.

“I’ve paid too many bills,” he laughs, mocking the explosive success of the chart-topping song: “I’m not in debt anymore, so that’s great. I’ve been given a platform to continue on. Release the music, which is such a blessing. All I wanted was to take care of my family.”

Hayes, speaking exclusively with ET’s Cassie DiLaura at their Nashville home, says that the whole experience has been a “game changer,” including the chance to bring his wife and six kids on tour. For turning the “fancy like” into a TikTok phenomenon, his eldest daughter – Laila, 16 – is at least in part to thank. Unlike so many curated and concocted social media moments, “Fancy Like” came together organically in the form of a father just trying to connect with his daughter.

“I wish everyone understood how pure that video was,” he says. “I didn’t really have a TikTok when we did this, and my daughter and I really bonded.”

Hayes says he’s always looking for new ways to meet his kids where they’re personally interested. For Layla, it was making a TikTok dance, while mom Lani – Hayes’ high school sweetheart – helped out on camera.

“We just did a couple quick takes of this dance that Layla and I threw together and there was no, you know, my team that told me not to do it,” he explains.

“I won’t lie,” he jokes, “Layla, sometimes I’m like, ‘Hey, keep it clean, like easy on the pelvic thrusts!’ You know, like, ‘This is for the kids and their families!'”

For their new single, “Y’all Life,” the whole family of Hayes gets in on the action with a cameo appearance in their music video. “They would be upset if I was like, ‘Nah, you know, you can’t be in this,'” he says. “There was a place for all of them, it wasn’t forced—and I like to include them!”

The Hayes family brings a newfound zest to life as well as travel. They’ll hit the road for Hayes’ Glad You’re Here Arena Tour, which begins September 29.

“They bring this fun light, radiant energy to the outdoors and I’ve heard venues tell me, ‘Man, it was great to be around dogs and kids,'” he says. “It’s just a beautiful, light distraction from the heaviness of work and all of us away from family, so I love it. But when we get back, it’s a lot of laundry.”

Hayes is hardly a country music newcomer, but his commercial success over the past year in particular has provided a full-circle moment for his wife and three oldest children, who recall a time when family was barely Could buy bagels.

“My big three — Layla, Chappelle, the boiler — were tough for them. They had a tough life financially, that’s all,” he recalls. [My wife] Lani and I loved him alike and we live only for our kids.”

“we laugh [now]’Bagels were a luxury item,’ he says of his early years. “We’d be like, ‘You can’t get bagels. They are not enough for your buck.’ They knew that lifestyle and therefore, this new lifestyle, they appreciated it very much and they were in awe. They’re like, ‘What? We get free tickets to the fair?!’ They don’t take it lightly.”

Hayes was tapped by country music super producer Shane McEnally to be the lead artist for his Monument Records and released his breakthrough single, “You Broke Up With Me”, in 2017. The rest, as they say, is history.

His latest album, country material, was released in January and includes collaborations with Carly Pearce, Jake Owen and Lori McKenna. Meanwhile, his “Fancy Like” TikTok spawned duets with superstars across all platforms including Amy Adams, Shaquille O’Neal, Ciara and Kesha, who eventually lent their voices to one. official remix of song,

“When ‘Fancy Like’ took off in the first two months, it was very sudden,” he says. “We liked the song, but we didn’t know what was going to happen and we’re still processing what happened. My life has completely changed, but you know, I have a job. I’m off to work.” I am very grateful.”

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