Special version available now
Monument Records’ singer/songwriter, and country music maverick, Walker Hayes enlists GRAMMY-nominated superstar Kesha for a special version of “Fancy Like,” his smash hit. The song – “Fancy Like (feat. Kesha)” – is available everywhere via Monument Records/RCA Records.
Atop nearly every country streaming and sales chart since release in June – including SiriusXM’s The Highway’s Hot 30 Weekend Countdown, the Shazam Global Country Chart, and the iTunes All Genre Chart – the song has spent a whopping eight weeks, and counting, at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. This week, the track is among the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs and is already charting at pop radio. It was also certified Platinum this week by the RIAA.
Now, the track, which the TODAY Show dubbed the “song of the summer,” has been given pop music’s royal treatment, with superstar Kesha adding her signature sound and lyrical charm to the new version.
Written in response to a fan presuming Hayes and his family of eight’s lifestyle was more glamorous than their own, the songwriter set out to debunk that misconception. Singing of the date nights at Applebee’s that he and his wife have been enjoying since high school, and the oh so delicious Oreo Shake (which Applebee’s has since brought back to the menu due to high demand from fans of the song), Hayes told Southern Living “the inspiration behind the song was living and relishing the everyday things in life.”
“Fancy Like’s” meteoric rise started with a single TikTok video Hayes made with his daughter Lela. Since, the video has garnered 30 million views and pushed “Fancy Like” to over 127 million streams while gaining attention from national brands, TV, and radio alike.
“I’ve been a fan of Kesha’s originality and vocals since first hearing her music,” shares Hayes. “When Kesha sings, you know it’s Kesha. Her swag is so identifiable, and her songwriting celebrates the fun of everyday life and is so honest. It’s the perfect fit for a track about just that.”
Adding vocals, bold style, and clever wordplay, Kesha brings the song into its next chapter as it gains airplay at pop radio.
“From the first time I heard ‘Fancy Like,’ Walker was speaking straight to my heart,” states Kesha. “I’ve always been more at home in a honky-tonk in my boots than on a red carpet in heels. This song took me right back to my roots. Working with him on the lyrics was so fun — getting to yell and celebrate the most magical things which are usually cheap, dirty or free. This song reminds me of all those cheap thrills of the deep South that made me the wild woman I am.”
“Fancy Like,” written by Hayes with Cameron Bartolini, Shane Stevens, and Josh Jenkins, and produced by Hayes, with Multi-GRAMMY Award winner Shane McAnally and Joe Thibodeau, is off his six-song EP Country Stuff. The EP features collaborations with Jake Owen, Carly Pearce, and Lori McKenna and displays the full range of Hayes’ creativity.