WATCH: Walker Hayes Performs ‘Fancy Like’ on ‘The Tonight Show’
Breakout star Walker Hayes made his Tonight Show debut on Wednesday with a performance of “Fancy Like.” Hayes made his…
Walker Hayes, Photo by Sean Gallagher, NBC
Breakout star Walker Hayes made his Tonight Show debut on Wednesday with a performance of “Fancy Like.”
Hayes made his way to “The Big Apple” for an in-studio performance of the fan-favorite track.
Sporting blue jeans and a hunter green sweater, Hayes danced along to catchy lyrics alongside his three-piece band.
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Hayes’ appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon comes after his awards show debut on CMT Artists of the Year.
The dedicated father and husband took the stage to close out the star-studded show with “Fancy Like,” and later admitted he felt a bit out of place. Thankfully, a fellow country star showed him some support and ultimately made him feel more comfortable.
“I feel like a dweeb even saying this, but like, last night I was all pumped to sing ‘Fancy Like,’” Hayes shared in an Instagram video clip the morning after CMT Artists of the Year. “We had rehearsed, we had dress rehearsal, all that stuff to close the show out. But as I sat there in the audience, you know, Garth (Brooks) got up, you know Randy Travis was being honored, Chris Stapleton in the audience…Gabby Barrett, Mickey Guyton, all of these just incredibly talented vocalists, who lean on the traditional side of things.”
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“I felt my spirit just kind of sinking in my chair because I was like, ‘Oh my God, we’re about to drop the bass on this show, and I’m going to sing about Applebee’s,’ and I was like ‘Oh my God, I’m out of my league here,’” he added.
Hayes initially found comfort in his wife and band, but admitted he still felt out of place and sometimes even feels uncomfortable walking the red carpet with his peers.
“I don’t have a lot of friends in the business. I’m really just not comfortable hanging,” Hayes confessed.
That’s where Kane Brown came in.
“I look out and Kane Brown stands up during ‘Fancy Like.’ And dude, big grin on his face, was just enjoying it from the bottom of his heart. It was in that moment I was like, ‘I got this,’” Hayes recalled.
After Hayes posted the confessional video, Brown responded in the comments with an uplifting message.
“Hey buddy just know your not alone I felt like that my whole career so far like I had to please other artist and all that crap but just know you don’t! (sic),” the “One Mississippi” singer wrote. “As long as your happy and your getting to do what you love and your fans and family love you that’s all you can ask for man! God bless ya and keep being fancy man.”
Brown later added, “And you always have a friend here!”
“Fancy Like” is nearing the top of the charts at country radio.
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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.