When Lisa Marie Presley began writing music again after a seven-year layoff, she wasn't sure where it would lead.
"There was no agenda," Elvis Presley's only child said. "I was given the freedom and space to find myself again, to start again and get a fresh perspective. I didn't know what was going to come of it. I was half expecting nothing was going to happen."
If you think you know Lisa Marie Presley, then think again.
The 44-year-old singer, who appears at Casino Rama on Nov. 15, has spent most of her life in the shadow of famous men like her father (Elvis, of course) and ex-husbands like Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.
"I know that's how people have always looked at me," she says on the phone from California, speaking in a husky voice that has a definite don't-mess-with-me edge to it. "To tell you the truth, it's how I used to look at myself and that was not a healthy thing to do, but it was something I was just born into."
If you weren't hoarse from screaming your lungs out in joy at the Lisa Marie Presley concert at Nashville's Exit/In last night, then you need to get your hearing checked. Or perhaps you need to stay listening to dull music sung by people who have no hand in writing and producing their own stuff. Last night was an incredible show.
She was born rock 'n' roll royalty with all the good (money, instant fame) and bad (your entire life is under constant scrutiny, obsessive fans asking whether you can sing like your daddy).
But though she's been famous since birth, Lisa Marie Presley is only now coming into her own as an artist at age 44 after surprising many people by starting her music career in her mid 30s with her slick debut album, "To Whom It May Concern" in 2003.
Lisa Marie Presley was in the Music Business Radio studios to talk about her music career and new album, Storm & Grace.
Topics discussed include growing up as the daughter of Elvis Presley, media scrutiny, finding your voice as an artist, writing great songs, recording a great album, Simon Fuller, the differences between Memphis, Los Angeles, and Nashville, trusting your team, and more.
Lisa shared her take on songs from Storm & Grace, including Over Me, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, Weary, Soften the Blows, and So Long.
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