*Santa Cruz garbage man turned “X Factor” third-place finisher Chris Rene, who charmed audience with his original audition song “Young Homie,” has signed a deal with Epic Records, where he’ll work under his “Factor” mentor, Epic boss L.A. Reid.
“I’ve dreamt about this moment my whole life,” Rene told Entertainment Weekly. “And now its here. Working with L.A. Reid — ‘Big Homie’ — is a dream come true; he’s a great man.”
Rene will be label mates with another “Factor” finalist, fourth-placer Astro, the teen rapper who revealed to MTV News on Tuesday that he would also be teaming with Reid at Epic.
One of the high points of Rene’s run on the show was during Michael Jackson week, when he shared the story of how his grandfather, Leon Rene, wrote the Jackson 5 hit “Rockin’ Robin” and stared the first black-owned R&B label on the West Coast.