Factor’s” Chris Rene has a New Album Out – Interview
Chris Rene of “X
Factor” fame has released his debut album “I’m Right
Here.” If you didn’t see season 1 of the “X Factor”
or haven’t had a chance to hear any of his music I recommend
giving him a chance, if nothing else he has a very unique style about
hi. Recently I got the chance to chat with Chris about his album “I’m
Right Here” and season 2 of the “X Factor.”
Zoiks!: You have a new
album coming out on Oct 2nd, what was your goal when you went into
write and record the album?
Chris Rene: My plan was to make great music that’s gonna rock
this Earth, inspire people and turn them into Renaliens (laughs),
get a lot more fans, show people a fraction of who Chris Rene is and
what he’s capable of doing and making great music and having
a great time meeting people and creating new relationships through
Z!: You have a very unique/original style about you, do you know where
that came from, like who might have influenced that?
CR: That was from my Grandpa
Leon. He passed that on to me, it’s a hereditary thing. I got
that from him, he passed that down to me; my brothers and sisters
we all have that same gift. Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Tupac, Biggie…just
the legends of their time, Eric Clapton. I’ve been inspired
by them all.
Z!: You’ve been sober now for over a year, has your sobriety
played a role on the new album?
CR: Definitely, 17 months today…I just realized that. It’s
been the stability point for me in writing the album. When you hear
the album you’ll see where it plays a role. It’s definitely
not all about recovery on the album, it’s more about having
a good time, inspiring, girls, then the lifestyle of being famous
and traveling while trying to stay sober and maintaining staying sober,
that’s the role right there.
Z!: What made you try out for the “X Factor?”
CR: It was a mixture of things. I’m going to go try out for
this show. A few days before I went up there…I didn’t
know exactly which song I was going to do, I had six original songs.
I didn’t know if they were going to be like, ‘that’s
ok, try another one.’ I didn’t know they were going to
give me a yes on “Young Homie,” because that was just
one of six. I just went on the show because I wanted the world to
see me, I wanted the world to hear my music and I knew that was my
opportunity and I was going to take it.
Z!: What are your thoughts on the “X Factor” shake up
with them bringing Britney Spears and Demi Lovato on?
CR: I think it’s cool. I’ve been watching it and I’ve
been seeing a lot of interesting stuff, a lot of great contestants.
I think it’s a great mix up, to have them on the show. I’m
just learning about who Demi Lovato is, she’s an inspiring artist.