INTERVIEW: ‘X-Factor’ Finalist Chris Rene Nears Finish of L.A. Reid-Assisted Album

Ralphie Aversa  —  04/19/2012 — 2 Comments

How hands-on is Antonio “L.A.” Reid with the artists on Epic Records? In the case of “The X-Factor” finalist Chris Rene, very.

“It’s track by track,” Rene said of the Chairman and CEO of the label’s involvement with his forthcoming album. “It’s like, I’m not going to make a track that I’m not happy with or that I don’t think represents me fully. He wants the same thing.”


From a technical standpoint, the formula worked because Rene is only a track away from the LP’s completion. The singer believes the album does represent him as a whole, for both better and worse.

“It’s not just all going to be one thing,” Rene said of the song content. “It’s going to be a mixture of all kinds of different things… the highs and the lows.”

Rene has experienced both during his career, which started as a young teen. His path took a detour when he became a trash collector in his hometown of Santa Cruz, California. Then, he battled a drug addiction that landed him in rehab. But just 10 weeks after exiting the program, Rene found himself auditioning for a show that would yield his big break.

“It’s been a trip,” Rene said succinctly. “Going on to ‘The X-Factor,’ coming off, signing with Epic… it’s crazy, it’s a whole another life.”

The singer isn’t trying to exit stage right from the lifestyle anytime soon either – his track “Young Homie” is gaining traction and available on iTunes now, and his almost-finished album should drop before the end of the year.

By the way, Rene plans on keeping his personal lifestyle intact as well. His one-year sobriety anniversary is April 20.

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2 responses to INTERVIEW: ‘X-Factor’ Finalist Chris Rene Nears Finish of L.A. Reid-Assisted Album

  1. Great Article Ralphie,can’t wait for Chris’s Album!!!#RenelianLoveBomb #LoveLife

  2. Lynda Mellows 04/19/2012 at 5:35 PM

    Just cannot say enough about Chris Rene. There are a lot of artists in the world who sing. Chris came a long with a story, a journey that he himself lived up to for change and at the same time gave thousands of others hope or inspiration to want better and do better. The lyrical writing of Young Homie is genius. I absolutely love the message Chris is spreading. I am so tired of sex, drugs and rock and roll that has no meaning. Look at the problems with our celebrities with addictions. Turn on the T.V. It is there. This song should be played EVERYWHERE. I really hope DJ’s across America really see the whole picture of this EPIC song. Brilliant

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