The remix has taken Hayes’ smash hit and amped it up that much more, accumulating over 1.6 million views on YouTube alone. The perfect formula to a song like this includes a catchy beat, infectious lyrics and a relatable theme.
So how did Kesha come into the picture? Celeb Secrets Country host Juliet Schroder chatted with Hayes at the 2021 CMT Artists of the Year to find out. Hayes shared that Kesha was just the kind of artist who can relate to this song’s laid-back mantra.
“Yeah we put out a remix with Kesha and it’s freakishly good,” Hayes said. “I mean her verse is amazing. She put her own spin on it and you know, we wanted to find an artist, a female artist, who will really kick it at Applebee’s and she will. I believe, like I mean, you would be surprised to see Kesha but you wouldn’t be like ‘Oh, I wouldn’t believe you like Applebee’s.’ Like, you could see her kicking it at Applebee’s.”
From kicking it at Applebee’s to kicking it on stage, Hayes has taken “Fancy Like” to audiences all over. The artist ended this year’s CMT Artists of the Year show with a bang, as he closed out the evening with a performance of “Fancy Like.”
Reflecting on the original version’s immense success, Hayes shared that he truly doesn’t know how to process what this past year has brought him.
“I can’t even tell you, like I don’t know! I don’t even know. Ask me next year what happened this year, ya know, that’s kind of how we feel. My wife and I just, every day we, if I’m out we talk on the phone, if I’m home we just are like ‘What the heck is going on?,’ you know, because we’ve been trying to do this for a long time and then now we can’t get away from the song.”
Getting away from the song is truly the last thing on audiences’ minds. Fans like us have had this song on constant replay and Hayes has noted that it hasn’t gone unnoticed. While the artist has watched his work fill screens from TV to TikTok, he expressed that the whole experience has been a “whirlwind.”
“It’s like it’s everywhere,” Hayes said. “It’s on our TV. It’s every time I open, you know, Instagram, TikTok. It’s insanity and it’s my daughter, you know, I’m like ‘You’re freaking everywhere’ and you know we’re just your standard family, chillin at our house and now we’re on the Applebee’s menu. So, I don’t know how to explain that. It just has all happened really fast and um, trying to soak it in, but it’s quite a whirlwind honestly.”
Keeping the music momentum flowing, Hayes has released a new track for fans to adore with an accompanying dance crafted by his daughter and son.
“‘U Gurl’ [is out] and we’re jacked about it,” Hayes said. “It has a dance also, so get ready!”
The country-funk track has captured the hearts of Hayes’ fans both old and new. And while the on-a-roll artist makes it look oh-so-easy, he told us that following up a song like “Fancy Like” was no small feat.
“This will be the first music we’ve released to all these new fans, so hopefully they don’t hate it.”
Trust us when we say after first listen, we can attest no one could hate this incredible new song!
Check out the full interview below to learn more about Hayes’ latest track and his evening at the 2021 CMT Artists of the Year!
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With reporting by Juliet Schroder.