Chris Rene spent his teenage years as a guitarist and vocalist in Diversion. The band released an independent album but split a few years later. Rene went solo and released Soul'd Out, featuring a sound that mixed contemporary rock, R&B, and rap, in 2009. As a contestant on the United States' first season of The X Factor, Rene auditioned with his own "Young Homie" and made it to the final but finished third. The singer subsequently signed with Simon Cowell's Syco label (through Epic) and issued "Young Homie" (produced by J.R. Rotem) in March 2012. The song fell just shy of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and preceded his second solo album, scheduled for release later that year. ~ Andy Kellman
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