'The X Factor's Chris Rene, Marcus Canty and Astro ink record deals
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/18/2012
The X Factor finalists Chris Rene, Marcus Canty and "Astro" Brian Bradley have signed recording contracts with Epic Records, the record label which is under the leadership of The X Factor judge and music producer L.A. Reid.
Rene, Canty and Bradley -- who all finished in the competition's Top 7 and were in the "Boys Under 30" category that was mentored by Reid -- are joining The X Factor winner Melanie Amaro, who inked a record deal with Epic Records earlier this month.
"I've dreamt about this momentous moment my whole life and now it's here," Rene, a 28-year-old from Santa Cruz, CA, said in a statement. "I'm more than honored to be an Epic artist. Working with L.A. Reid 'Big Homie' is a dream come true. He's a great man and I look forward to the opportunity to share my music with the world."
"I am very blessed and grateful to God for the opportunity to become a part of the Epic family," Canty, a 20-year-old from Bowie, MD, 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, let's go!"
"I'm 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 I'd be a star, and I can't wait to get to work and prove him right. 2011 was Dope, but 2012 is gonna be Epic!" Bradley explained.
Amaro, a 19-year-old singer from Tortola, British Virgin Islands who currently resides in Coral Springs, FL, was crowned The X Factor champion during the new Fox reality singing competition's live finale last month, defeating runner-up Josh Krajcik, third-place finisher Rene, and fourth-place finisher Canty.