Wednesday, January 18, 2012
X Factor Alumni Chris Rene, Marcus Canty, Astro Sign With Epic Records
First Published: January 18, 2012 2:01 PM EST Credit: FOX LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Caption Chris Rene, 28, performs in front of the judges and thousands of audience members on The X Factors debut episode on September 21, 2011Melanie Amaro may have landed a $5 million recording contract after winning The X Factor, but the talent competition has produced deals for several of her former competitors. Second runner up Chris Rene, as well as Top 10 finalists, R&B crooner Marcus Canty and teenage hip hop star Astro, have signed with Epic Records (also Melanies label), the imprint announced on Wednesday. Ive dreamt about this momentous moment my whole life and now its here, Chris, who made fans in his audition with his original composition Young Homie, said in a statement. Im more than honored to be an Epic artist. Working with L.A. Reid Big Homie is a dream come true. Hes a great man and I look forward to the opportunity to share my music with the world. Marcus, who held on until the final 4, narrowly beating out youngster Rachel Crow in one of the most dramatic eliminations of The X Factors first season, was also pleased with the news. He famously was given two years by his mother to make it, and was at the end of that timeline when he was brought on Simon Cowells reality show. I am very blessed and grateful to God for the opportunity to become a part of the Epic family, Marcus said. I am excited about working with my mentor L.A. Reid, and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. This is history in the making, lets go! Astro too, was involved in a dramatic elimination, when he came dangerously close to not performing for the judges, when it was the teen rapper and Stacy Francis on the chopping block. He managed to bounce back and grew a strong fan base due to his skills on the microphone. Im excited to continue my journey with L.A. Reid and his staff at the new Epic Records. The first time L.A. saw me he said Id be a star, and I cant wait to get to work and prove him right. 2011 was Dope, but 2012 is gonna be Epic, Astros statement read. All three acts were part of L.A.s team during the competition. Copyright 2012 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.