To celebrate 'Fancy Like' hitting No. 1, Walker Hayes fulfilled his children's Christmas wish

Hayes scored his first #1 hit with "Fancy Like" earlier this month.

December 1, 2021, 11:01 AM

For Walker Hayes, living "Fancy Like" means fulfilling his children's Christmas dreams.

Hayes revealed that he and his wife Laney's six children have been begging each year to put up inflatable Christmas decorations in the yard. But with the family being on a tight budget at the time, the singer made a specific promise.

"My kids about six years ago, they wanted Christmas blowups in the yard, and those are expensive. I told them no, and just on a whim to get them off my back, I said, 'if dad ever gets a No. 1 song on country radio, I'll get y'all some blow ups,'" the singer said in an interview with ABC Audio.

Those words became a reality when Hayes scored his first No. 1 hit with "Fancy Like" earlier this month, celebrating the achievement by fulfilling his children's longtime wish, with the front yard of their Nashville home covered with eight holiday-themed inflatables.

"So when it hit No. 1, they held me to that promise. Even Laney and I have them," he said. "Every kid got to pick theirs out. So there's our first splurge."

Despite the song's massive success, the singer admits he's not likely to make many other extravagant purchases.

For years, he said the family lived on a tight budget while he worked stocking shelves at Costco and was an aspiring songwriter. Knowing what it's like to struggle for one's dreams, Hayes said he plans to be responsible with his newfound fortune.

"I don't think we'll blow money. We know what it's like for money to be tight, so we're honestly pretty frugal," he said. "But if you drop by our house right now, it's pretty tacky."

Hayes has also scored his first Grammy nomination, as "Fancy Like" is up for Best Country Song at the 2022 ceremony.