Friday, September 21, 2012

Getting To Know: Chris Rene

Four months after nailing his X Factor audition with a show-stopping performance of the self-penned “Young Homie,” Chris Rene released his fiercely personal anthem as a single. Signed to Epic Records the rapper/singer/songwriter/musician came in third place on The X Factor and enamored audiences with his talent and then-recent triumph in overcoming addiction.

Masterfully capturing Rene’s struggles with substance abuse and journey to recovery, the song that put him on the map “Young Homie” now boasts a fatter beat and smoother groove perfectly suited to Rene’s inspired fusion of hip-hop and soul-pop.

With his upcoming album “I'm Right Here” and his current hit single “Trouble” and legions of fans, Chris is in a good place and happy to be there...time to check in with Chris Rene.

MS: Congratualtions Chris I did a post about your latest single “Trouble” on my blog and it became the number one post this week.

CR: Oh, Fuck yeah!

MS: That blog is a testament to your popularity, since all it was was me posting a photo of you, the lyric video for “Trouble” and alerting people to it's release date and wishing them a nice weekend.

CR: That's so funny!

MS: You're popular! How was being on “The X-Factor”?

CR: Man, that was the experience of a lifetime! I was like, yes! My pals are going to see this! All the couches I slept on, all the things I did, which you will hear later because I am writing a book...all the people I've met are going to see me. I've been in jail two times because I made some wrong decisions and all those people are going to see me on fucking TV doing something positive and representing. That was all I needed, I didn't need to make it far, for me it was people seeing me do what I'm good at.

MS: You were sober for a three year period, then you slipped back, now you have been sober again for a year, what made it stick this time?

CR: A spiritual awakening. Having been in a car crash and realizing I could have left the Earth, and leave my Son without a Father. It made me realize how selfish I was, my reality was nothing matters it was all about what I wanted. All I wanted to do was get high and mess up my life, for me to realize that woke me spiritually. I decided I don't want to be selfish anymore, I want to be a good Father, Son, Brother and go with the gift that God gave me.

MS: You do need something like that, sometimes.

CR: Yeah, we all do, right?

Photo: Epic Records
MS: How much has LA Reid's support meant to your career?

CR: Everyone always asks me about him, having his support is invaluable. It's a trip to have someone like him who is in the music business and knows what he is doing and has worked with a lot of major talent. He saw a spark in me, the potential and I plan to blow him away the end of next year. I have so much more that I can do, that I can't wait to show the world.

MS: From what I've seen, he seems like a really cool person.

CR: He's a great guy.

MS: Anything else you think your fans should know about?

CR: Yeah, watch out for me on Ricki Lake coming up in October. Also look out for me on Nickelodeon.

MS: Oh, what are you doing on Nickelodeon?

CR: I'll be on the show, what's the name of it? “Figure It Out” the show is called “Figure It Out”. I'm looking forward to people seeing that, I had a blast and it's going to be awesome!

MS: Wouldn't it be so cool to get slimed on the “Teen Choice Awards”? I would love it!

CR: Oh man, that would be so great!

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  1. Thanks for the interview. LOVE Chris Rene. He is such a talented & original artist. If you want real- listen to Chris Rene.

  2. Chris is so amazing! Real love for him.

  3. Nice quality interview Michael. You asked some really good questions and Chris gave some great insight into his motivation for turning his life around for the better. It's great to see that Chris remains so humble and appreciative towards the opportunity given to him by the awesome LA Reid and he is definitely capitalizing on it. New people are still finding out about Chris every day & becoming fans but I'd say by next year he will definitely be a top household name in the music industry, he's way too talented a musician not to be. I'm just glad I can say I was there supporting Chris since he walked onto that X Factor stage.

  4. Chris Rene has a UNIQUE KINDA SOFT SOUL in his music..He has the abilty to CONNECT to his fans thru his music and his personality, charisma and charm, not to mention that he has been a BIG Inspiration to so many people trying to turn their lives around...Chris has been BLESSED BY GOD...he has been given a second chance...He is also a MUSICAL GENIUS!!!... Lavendarcmg LOVES U CHRIS

  5. Absolutely Incredibly Most beautiful person Inside and out...Fantastic interview...S/O You!

  6. GREAT interview, thanks! It makes me so happy to hear that Chris has some big things lined up on television because he's too gorgeous and talented not to be! He's the only younger musician today that I hope will earn millions. I'm a huge, loyal fan supporting him every way I can.

  7. Thank you for the awesome interview! Chris is a major talent and an incredible person, we are going to hear so much more of him in the coming years!

  8. Wow I'm blow away by Chris Rene's lyrical genius. He can write, sing, play music, his dance moves are insanely hott, he dresses so fine, his love for life is an inspiration to all who are looking to make that positive change in life.anything is possible. Thank you so much for this interview. @ilenekira

  9. What a great interview!! Loved the questions you asked and really enjoyed Chris's response. He's just so "real" and humble that people can really relate to him. This interview gave me so much more insight on what Chris is doing and plans to be doing. I was excited before and now I am "crazy" excited and curious about the future. Hope to see another interview in the near future! @VCarmelie

  10. Great interview...I fell in love with Chris from the first audition for X Factor. He is truly ONE IN A TRILLION! He has everything going for him to make it to the top and stay there. He is so grateful for where he is and where he is going. Thank you so much for helping to spread his #LOVELIFE message. Everyone needs to hear his music. You will NEVER be the same after experiencing Chris Rene....GOD BLESS YOU CHRIS!
    Love CMonkLover4Life

  11. I love ready anything about Chris!!!