Cingle Records welcomes Rainey Qualley as the label’s flagship artist. Pictured L-R: Russ Zavitson (President/Cingle Records); Rainey Qualley; John Shackelford (CEO/Cingle Records)

Cingle Records flagship recording artist Rainey Qualley had a life-long dream come true, when she made her Grand Ole Opry® debut Friday night. She stepped into the circle on the stage that has hosted virtually every one of her musical heroes and belted out her “Me And Johnny Cash” single and “Never Mine,” both from her debut EP Turn Down The Lights, in front of a packed and very appreciative crowd. 

“What a surreal and humbling experience,” said Qualley. “It’s completely overwhelming and I’m still trying to take it all in,” she said from her dressing room, aptly named “Into The Circle” for artists making their Opry debut. 

Prior to her performance, Cingle Records hosted a label launch party in Studio A of the Grand Ole Opry House. A “who’s-who” of industry professionals, radio, television and artists were in attendance, when label executives John Shackelford and Russ Zavitson welcomed everyone and thanked Rainey for entrusting her career to them. 

Rainey signed copies of her Turn Down The Lights EP for several hundred new and adoring fans in the Opry Store late into the night, before taking one last stroll across the stage to let the evening sink in. 


L-R: Rainey Qualley, Pete Fisher (Grand Ole Opry®)


Exuding passion and embracing wonder in every endeavor may well be the most defining qualities of Asheville, North Carolina’s native daughter and rapidly rising star Rainey Qualley. Moving to Nashville to pursue songwriting, Rainey quickly embraced her desire to entertain. She is now the flagship artist for the new label Cingle Records, and her debut EP, produced by Russ Zavitson and John Ramey, was released June 2, 2015. Her “Turn Me On Like the Radio” song was a “Highway Find” on SiriusXM’s The Highway, and her debut single, “Me and Johnny Cash,” is currently receiving airplay at mainstream country radio.


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