Rene chats with Cherish
Updated: Friday, 06 Apr 2012, 9:45 AM CDT
Published : Friday, 06 Apr 2012, 9:45 AM CDT
He was a fan favorite on
the first season of the X Factor. Twenty-eight year old Chris Rene
from Santa Cruz, California knew he was destined to be a musician.
His grandfather, Leon Rene, is a famous songwriter and record label
owner. His father played piano, which helped Chris fall in love with
music at a very young age. Chris says he just watched his dad and
learned to play on his own.
Despite the serious R&B pedigree from his family, which he so
respected, Chris chose a different musical path. Chris begged his
mother to buy him a guitar when he was 12, promising her, he would
never put it down. He, his brother, and his best friend started a
punk rock band called "Diversion" when Chris was only twelve
But soon Chris' rebellious ways grew beyond punk music and into the
drug world, which derailed his band and nearly killed him. Chris says
he was using for almost a decade. But the now father of two got clean
in 2006 and with a new found sense of clarity started finding inspiration
in music other than punk.
It was rap that made him want to pursue a life in music. He'd always
enjoyed listening to music by Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, and Billy
Joel and he quickly found a love for hip-hop and rap. Blending his
favorite musical styles into one, he released his first solo record,
Soul'd Out, in 2009.
Shortly after, he fell off the wagon and started using again. But
Chris found recovery again as of April 20, 2011 and today works his
program daily to stay clean. He auditioned for X Factor and was a
finalist. He was signed and continues to work with the man who was
his mentor on the talent show, LA Reid. His first single "Young
Homie", which will be featured on his upcoming album is available
You can learn more about Chris Renee online at http://www.chrisreneofficial.com/home