At that point in time, McDaniels was in a really bad place. He was suffering from depression and fighting it with prescription drugs, which might have been OK, except he washed them down with lots and lots of alcohol. The group was falling apart, and he lost his creative drive. So one day, he decided he would end it all, despite having things to stick around for -- like lots of money, a huge army of fans, an undoubtedly impressive collection of shell-toe Adidas, and his children. Maybe not in that order.
But then McDaniels turned on the radio, heard "Angel," and suddenly life seemed amazing. Or as he put it, "That record saved my life. I heard Sarah McLachlan's record and something that day said, 'Life is good. It's good to be alive.'"
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"Also, I'm one of the few people who can wear this hat and not look like a tool. It's the little things."
He then went out and bought every album McLachlan ever released and listened to only her music for a year. What sound like the habits of an obsessed stalker happened to save McDaniels' life. And when, three years later, he found out he was adopted, he knew he'd been saved from the brink so he could use his fame and money to help children in similar situations. He set up the Felix Organization to provide "inspiring opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children who are growing up in the foster care system." Each summer, more than 150 kids on each coast head to Camp Felix for days of swimming, rock climbing, and presumably learning the chords to "I Will Remember You" on the acoustic guitar.