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Factor' Alum Chris Rene Eyes Working With Emblem3
5:45 PM PST 12/13/2012 by Michele Amabile Angermiller
The season one finalist talks with THR about his producing
ambitions, as well as being the first featured performer on a new
show, "Real Music Live," premiering on NBC Dec. 22.
Thursday night’s elimination episode of X Factor will send
three of the four remaining acts into the finals, but last year’s
third-place finalist, Chris Rene already has plans for at least one
them -- fellow Californians Emblem3.
The 29-year old Santa Cruz native told The Hollywood Reporter that
he will be working on material for Emblem3’s debut album, which
at this point in the competition seems a certainty, regardless of
next week’s finale.
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“I like their talent,” said Rene, who just released his
own record, “I’m Right Here,” this past fall. “I
like their sound. I think they could go somewhere, and I’m probably
going to be producing some of their songs next year.”
If this happens, Emblem3 will be in good hands. Rene’s original
composition, “Young Homie,” was an instant YouTube phenomenon
hours after he performed it on his audition episode last year. The
multi-talented artist, who also plays guitar, drums, piano and bass,
comes with a sturdy musical pedigree in his lineage as well. His grandfather,
Leon Rene, was a famous composer in the ‘30s, ‘40s and
‘50s, penning the hit, “Rocking Robin” for Bobby
Day and popularized by Michael Jackson.
“The world knows me as a singer and they know me for ‘Young
Homie,’ but when they hear the music I produce for other artists
and myself, it will be a beautiful thing,” he said.
Fans will be able to see Rene in action on new show, Real Music Live,
that will premiere on NBC after Saturday Night Live on Dec. 22. The
show, presented in two half hour specials Dec. 22 and Jan 5, will
focus on entertainers like Rene who triumph in a live setting. Other
performers on the show include American Idol season 10 finalist Haley
Reinhart, Hoobastank, and Faith Evans, as well as Early Morning Rebel
and Grammy-nominated R&B artist, Luke James. The show will air
at 1 a.m. following SNL.
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Real Music Live, created
by Executive Producer Mark Hill, will showcase Rene in the first episode.
Rene was hand-picked by talent booking agents David Mitchell and Karen
Rocco, mainly due to Rene’s charisma and triumphant back story
of overcoming addiction, as told on the show.
“He has some good songs and he’s connecting with a lot
of the kids,” said Mitchell. “He has that X Factor.”
Rene has plans for his career that go beyond performing. The singer
revealed that he has been demoing songs for some of the biggest acts
in hip-hop and rap, sending tracks to T.I. and Lil’ Wayne.
“There’s not an artist out there I couldn’t work
with and make it sound incredible,” said Rene, whose goal is
to work with “every artist in 2013.”
“People are going to understand what all my fans see and what
L.A. Reid and Simon [Cowell] saw when I got on that stage,”
he said. “People haven’t had a chance to hear what I can
do. I’m going to make that my number one priority when it comes
to making music.”
The former trash man’s debut CD, released through Epic Records
and Syco Music, featured many producers, among them Brandyn Burnette,
busbee, Christian Rich, Chuck Harmony, Claude Kelly, J. Bonilla, J.R.
Rotem, Jon Levine, Lauren Evans, Marlin "Hookman" Bonds,
Marty James, Mitchum Chin, Peter Biker, Supa Dups and Talay Riley,
and American Idol season nine finalist Alex Lambert.
As for the show that launched his career, Rene said he is still loyal,
and has enjoyed both Emblem3 and Carly Rose Sonenclar each week. As
a matter of fact, he said he will be at the finale next week to cheer
“I’m going to stop by and say what’s up!”