Today I want to introduce all of you to Rainey Qualley. I might be a little late with the introduction, however. Since I’ve been watching her for the past six months or so, I’m sure many of you are already listening, too. Some of you have seen her on stage. This very talented new country singer/songwriter has already opened for Willie Nelson at the Opry.
She first came to my attention back in January, when she signed on as the flagship artist for Cingle Records in Nashville. Since that time, her single, “Turn Me On Like the Radio,” was added to SiriusXM The Highway, as a Highway Find, and rose to No. 17 on their countdown.
I will be the first to admit that while I have been a fan of country music for more than half a century, I don’t know a lot about how the ‘business’ works. I am glad The Highway played “Turn Me On Like the Radio”. But, what I can’t understand is why all country radio stations didn’t pick up this single. It is probably my favorite song on her new album, “Turn Down the Lights”. With “Turn Me On Like the Radio” being the song in the first play position on the EP, it took me a while to get past it. I wanted to hear it over and over. And it wasn’t long before I found myself singing alone to this catchy, very likeable song.
That said, we now have something else to look forward to. Rainey is about to release her debut single to country radio. The song is titled “Me and Johnny Cash.” This one is different than the one that aired on The Highway. For me, at least, “Me and Johnny Cash” put her more in ‘country rock’ category. The song, the lyrics, the vocals, and even the melody are different enough from what we are hearing on country radio today to make her unique; and they are without a doubt good enough to belong on country radio.
Rainey was born in New York City, her family ended up in Asheville, N.C. (a city I love, which is just about 45 minutes from my house). She now lives in Nashville, having moved there to pursue her songwriting. It was in Nashville where she embraced her desire to entertain.
“Being in the Appalachian Mountains, those sounds are really native to my ears, and I love the historical element of Country music – it’s so native to America,” she said. “Country is innately earthy, which I’m drawn to.”
Rainey began creating her own songs as a young child, and her father taught her how to play guitar. Her love of writing and performing eventually led her to Nashville, where she immersed herself in the creative community.
“I love the songwriting atmosphere in Nashville. Everyone is making music, and there’s a real sense of community here.”
Since I have already decided this is going to be one of my favorite Rainey Qualley songs, I wanted to share it with all of you.
Rainey had this cute little “Meet Rainey Qualley” video up on YouTube, and I wanted to share it with you. Let me warn you though, since “You Turn Me On Like The Radio” is playing throughout this video, you just might be singing it by the end of the clip, too.
Please visit her Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there. I hope you will listen to some of her music at YouTube, too. You can follow her on Twitter @RaineyQualley. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.
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