There are some people who spend the better portion of their teens and early 20s (and in some cases even their 30s) trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Then there are others like Rainsford, who know from the second they’re born what their destiny is.
Born Rainey Qualley, the artist now known as Rainsford spent her childhood immersed in all types of theater and music, from school plays and guitar lessons to piano practice and dance sessions. The daughter of actress Andie McDowell, she came by her talents quite honestly. While she grew up bopping away to the likes of Hanson and Britney Spears (relatable), she now makes music that she describes as “minimal R&B weirdo-pop.”
Given that Rainsford got her entertainment industry start as a model, we decided to channel that time with a dose of CHANEL couture using NYC's legendary Electric Lady Studios as a backdrop. Yes, those studios—the ones built by Jimi Hendrix and where David Bowie and Paul McCartney recorded “Fame.” Despite being distracted by our rock ’n’ roll royalty setting and the piles of couture, we managed to snag a couple minutes with the singer to learn more about her career, her first fashion memories, and her well-known love for animals.