From Santa Cruz, California comes 28-year-old Chris Rene, who showed off his talent on The X Factor by singing his own hip-hop track called “Young Homie.” It was revealed that he worked as a trash collector, and was 70 days sober on the day of his audition. His touching story is all about reconnecting with his young son, because all he wants is to make ends meet with him. Rene also comes from a family of musicians: his grandfather was a songwriter and his father had moderate success as a jazz singer. His siblings are also working in the music industry as members of the group Soulstice. But Chris Rene has been busy, seeing as how he released his own album in 2009. Aside from that, his talent shone through in front of judge L.A. Reid on The X Factor, earning him a spot as one of the Top 17 contestants to participate in the show.
FOX’s The X Factor is a reality competition looking for the next great entertainer. From those who have auditioned, judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid handpick several contestants who might have just what they’re looking for. After a rigorous process, only one will end up with a $4 million recording contract with Epic Records, plus $1 million to spend on their own. The winner will also be starring in their own Pepsi commercial.