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Chris Rene: New Video Features Hometown of Santa Cruz

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Chris Rene's celebrity soared thanks to a triumphant run on The X Factor last season. But even though the passionate singer missed nabbing the covered first place prize, grabbing third instead, he, like James Durbin (of American Idol fame) before him, has managed to hold the spotlight.

This week, Rene's new release, "Young Homie" is generating buzz. Beyond the singer's super smooth vocals, the music video features his hometown of Santa Cruz, California. (Curiously, Durbin is also from Santa Cruz, making it, perhaps, one of the only towns in America to thrust two eclectic singers into the limelight in less than a year.)

Watch Rene's video below and grab a peak into the Santa Cruz mystique: