Walker Hayes; Photo Courtesy of The TODAY Show
Walker Hayes; Photo Courtesy of The TODAY Show

Walker Hayes Admits He Nearly Quit Music After Massive “Fancy Like” Success

Walker Hayes recently admitted he nearly quit music after the massive amount of success he found with his song, “Fancy Like.” Hayes spoke candidly about almost giving up his music career during a recent interview with the Today Show.

“That song, ‘Fancy Like,’ it’s changed my life,” Hayes said before sharing he really hasn’t stopped performing and being on the go following the success of the song. “I’m just telling you all the truth, [but] when ‘Fancy Like’ popped, about two months in, I said, ‘I quit.’ I said, ‘I’m done,'” he revealed. 

“I said, ‘Hey, I think everybody will get paid for your investment in me,’ because I was gone. I didn’t see [my wife and kids] for like two months.”

The game-changing moment arrived shortly thereafter when Hayes’ management suggested he buy another bus so his wife Laney and six children could join him out on the road.

“I could do it forever as long as Laney’s with me,” Hayes said. “And the kids, eventually I’m sure they’ll be like, ‘Hey, I wanna go live my own life,’ but COVID spoiled me. I got to see what I was missing, and so that challenged me when we got back out. I was like, ‘Okay, I don’t want to miss that anymore. It’s not worth it.'”

“So now we’re a family band. I just don’t want to lie to everybody. It’s not easy. My wife and I, we fight hard out there. Sometimes, she’s like, ‘Do the kid thing. You’re out there working. I need some help with the kids.’ I’m like, ‘Well, help me with work.’ So we have battles, and then we apologize,” he continued.

Following the success of “Fancy Like,” Hayes released his latest single, “Y’all Life,” which is inspired by his Alabama upbringing, back on July 15.

The song became the most-added track at country radio when it debuted on Aug. 1 with 76 first-week adds. In addition, Hayes teased a duet of the song with Nelly in the future and dropped the track’s accompanying music video in which he stars as a high school football coach and his wife, kids, and best friend Craig make cameo appearances.

Walker Hayes Will Soon Embark On His First-Ever Arena Tour

Additionally, Hayes will soon hit the road on his first-ever arena trek, dubbed the Glad You’re Here Tour.

“GLAD YOU’RE HERE ARENA TOUR… can’t frickin believe it,” Hayes wrote on Twitter. “It’s mind-blowing how our team is growing, how the crowds are growing and how the music continues to connect with my audience. I’m just so grateful.”

The 18-city trek, which features support from Parmalee, will kick off in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on September 29 and continue through November 12, where the tour will wrap up in Everett, Washington at Angel Of the Winds Arena.

Tickets for the upcoming trek are on-sale now HERE

Glad You’re Here Tour Dates

9/29 – 1st Summit Arena, Johnstown, PA
9/30 – Visions Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY
10/1 – Mountain Health Arena, Huntington, WV
10/6 – Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME
10/7 – Santander Arena, Reading, PA
10/8 – DCU Center, Worcester, MA
10/9 – After Hours Concerts at The Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA
10/13 – Dow Event Center Arena, Saginaw, MI
10/14 – Corbin Arena, Corbin, KY
10/15 – Covelli Centre, Youngstown, OH
10/20 – Resch Center, Green Bay, WI
10/21 – Alliant Energy Powerhouse, Cedar Rapids, IA
10/22 – Danny Sanford Premiere Center, Sioux Falls, SD
11/5 – Mechanics Bank Arena, Bakersfield, CA
11/7 – The Greek, Los Angeles, CA
11/10 – Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
11/11 – Theater of the Clouds, Portland, OR
11/12 – Angel Of the Winds Arena, Everett, WA

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