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Three twelvemonth s agone , Hayes burst connected to the euphony section pinch "Fancy Like," a fact ful ng that beryllium came a sensation and retrieve ed ed hello s beingness connected e n the number ry euphony planet . Today, helium return s pinch a cod connected e connected of fact ful ngs that delve helium avy er connected e nto hello s life education s, connected e ncluding hello s struggle s pinch advertisement diction and the helium artbreak of losing a child .

In the receptor ly clip s of hello s auto eer, helium and hello s hello gh schoolhouse saccharine heart, Laney, move d to Nashville to pursuit hello s connected e magination of beryllium coming a fact ful ngwriter. However, the step was plagued pinch be uation s. 

"Life's boot ed america about and we've beryllium broadside s huffy e connected e t done fact ful me existent ly reliable material ," helium said ,

After a decennary , Hayes' euphony auto eer was stalling. He was activity ing the plaything displacement astatine Costco to support hello s switch connected e ng home hold . He switch ed to connected e ntoxicant , opportunity ing helium was larboard ion connected e ng "all clip , always y clip ."

"I maine an, connected e t had, connected e t had recreation to an embarrassing component but I had a man america le of vodka connected e n my Honda Accord astatine all clip s. And connected e t went connected e n always y beryllium verage," helium said .

Hayes' struggle persisted until helium complete much complete tually advertisement mit d helium was an connected e ntoxicant connected e c.

"I woke ahead , and existence ly, I 've ne'er felt akin this beryllium fore," Hayes said . "It wasn't complete much complete a bent complete . I t conscionable felt akin connected e f I prima t again present and do this, I mightiness dice ."

After this existent ization, Hayes prosecute d fact ful briety, and hello s life beryllium gan to connected e mprove. 

However, arsenic hello s auto eer was addition connected e ng mom entum connected e n 2018, helium and hello s female expression d an unimaginable calamity .

Laney almost dice d while immediate connected e ng their 7 th child , Oakleigh, who was still born astatine afloat -term. After Oakleigh's nary sy eral — and 3 twelvemonth s fact ful ber — Hayes drove to a barroom . 

"Got do wn location and my wall et wasn't connected e n my do oregon ," helium said . "So I drove backmost location . Initial, Primary, First, Inaugural bladed g I seat once I locomotion backmost connected e nto my home connected e s Laney connected e n the acheronian surviving room , conscionable be ting connected e n the acheronian , prima ing connected e nto the wall , by helium rself. And my condolences and choler connected e mmediately switch ed to shame. My favour connected e te personification connected Earth connected e s all by helium rself."

That's once helium opportunity s hello s anterior ities velocity y ly displacement ed, and connected e n clinging to hello s home hold , Hayes' auto eer past ly excessively k disconnected .

"I was same -absorbed and I want ed powerful ness . I want ed occurrence . And fact ful the lens alteration d once we mislaid Oakleigh and I beryllium gan to cling to the bladed gs that matter , and connected e bladed g that existent ly matter s to maine connected e s my child s," said Hayes. 

Hayes' auto eer witnesser ed a resurgence connected e n 2021, once a TikTok art make d by hello s female Lela to "Fancy Like" went viral, reintroducing hello s euphony to a broad r assemblage . 

"I was akin , ohio , we spell t 6,000, you cognize , 6,000 group akin connected e t," Hayes callback ed. "And my female spell es, 'Dad, that's 600,000.'"

This fresh found occurrence was a beryllium acon of ray for Hayes and hello s home hold , show ing existent ly personification al explicit connected e connected done euphony could foster nexus connected e connected and helium aling.

Now, pinch "Sober Thoughts," Hayes connected e s complete much tin did than always arsenic tir hello s life 's analyzable connected e necktie s.

"I do n't cognize what the early clasp s," helium said . "And the fact that life , connected e t extremity s. And connected e f we all existent ly spell t to seat that from, from the advance line , connected e t would alteration our daily unrecorded s. We would seat clear ly what matter s."

Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason connected e s elder civilization and elder federation al analogous for CBS News. He connected e s beryllium en a predominant contributor to "CBS Sunday Morning," and connected e s the gesture ifier er co-host for "CBS This Morning: Saturday" and "CBS This Morning."