Chris Rene Opens Up About 'I'm Right Here' EP,
Future Tour, Album Plans
Posted on Friday, November
16, 2012, by HippyGirlHeather
Chris Rene released his
debut album I'm Right Here on October 2, making him the first of last
season's The X Factor top 3 to do so. I spoke to him in July about
the upcoming disc and future plans, this time we conducted the interview
via email and he divulged touring plans and how the title I'm Right
Here came about.
I wanted to ask about the title I'm Right Here – is that a reference
to when on The X Factor you told LA and Simon “I will always
be right here”?
Exactly, it was the 1st time I had shown my music to some of the biggest
names in the Music & TV business. And "Im Right Here"
is me saying that ill always be here. Right Here!
Your brother Gabriel and
sister Gina had a hand in this EP as well, was that the plan all along
or did it happen organically? Well it was pretty much organic for
us to work together. We all Love to write and produce music and we’ve
been doing it together our whole lives.
The arrangement of the songs, with “Chains” starting us
off and “Young Homie” closing us out (for those with the
down-loadable version) was pretty perfect as was the placement of
“Trouble” about halfway in, was that up to the label or
producers or did you have a say in the order as well? The order of
the EP was a collective decision and we put a lot of thought into
it. I imagined how I’d want to hear it.
Is the finished product close to what you'd imagined it would be?
Anything you'd add to change now that you've heard it in its completion?
I am extremely proud of the finished product. I learned a lot about
this process. This is the just the beginning and glimpse into what’s
to come. I can’t wait to get more involved in the producing
side of my own music.
The unmistakable theme in the album is positive thinking, love and
pushing forward. Was that a conscious decision at the beginning?
Well it was more of getting
as many different beats and writing about different themes. It basically
just came together on its own.
Since this is an EP with only 7 (or 8 on some versions) songs, is
there a full length album in the works or on the horizon? Was there
a specific plan in place for going with an EP first?
I am always working on my music. There will always be more to come
and I hope it’s ready as soon as 2013
I know this is like picking a favorite child but, which song are you
most proud of? Which is most fun to perform live?
My favorite song is Tidal
Wave….because of it’s originality. I was able to express
what it's like on the road when you're working hard for you're dream
“Rockin' With You” is my surprise favorite song from I'm
Right Here – Was this an idea you'd already had or was it written
and you added the hooks/verses?
The idea was Claude Kelly's.
He brought it to me and I was able to collaborate and add my own flavor
and writing to it.
When I spoke with you in July you told me you couldn't perform a song
you weren't connected to, is that why you write the verses and choruses,
so you have a personal involvement to the material?
I try to find something to connect with in all songs I sing. It’s
more difficult if I didn’t write it, but I bring the same passion
and intensity to everything I do
Will there be extensive touring with this CD? Any idea when that will
happen, if so?
Fo sho, I'm looking to touring 2013. US, UK, Japan, New Zealand…the
possibilities are endless
Lastly, I know you're in constant communication with your fans via
your website, Twitter and Facebook accounts, is there anything you
want to say to your ever-loyal fans who will undoubtedly be reading
this with baited breath?
Man... The Fans have been
with me since day one and they're the reason I do what I do. Renelians
for Life! Love Life Army- March!!!!!! So there you have it, Renelians...Chris
loves and appreciates you and in addition to dropping more music your
way in 2013 he hopes to travel to the world and making it to a city