After storm, Lisa Marie Presley finds grace in new album

Sat May 19, 2012 2:05pm EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lisa Marie Presley, the 'Princess' of Rock and Roll, is done fighting the legacy of her father Elvis.

She is embracing her Americana roots, finding her own voice, and carving a niche for herself in the musical spotlight with new album "Storm and Grace," out this week.

Presley, 44, the only child of The King and wife Priscilla, has come a long way since her first album, 2003's "To Whom It May Concern," and 2005 follow up, "Now What," admitting that she felt more vulnerable and rebellious with her earlier music.

"I made some pretty angry and defensive (songs) probably anticipating what was expected of me and fighting against it ... there was a lot of production and hiding behind things, not really wanting to lay myself out there because I was afraid or feeling too vulnerable," she told Reuters.

"Once I got that out of my system ... I just quieted and calmed down ... In this process of writing this record, I found a better bed for myself and my voice and my writing to lie in."

Her previous albums were marketed for Top 40 chart success, a genre in which Presley said she never belonged. In an off-the-cuff remark she called "Storm And Grace" her anti-pop record.

While Presley remains vague about the inspirations for the songs on her new record, the lyrics give her thoughts a voice.

In "So Long," Presley sings "farewell fair weathered friends" in a place where "Churches, they don't have a soul." In "Un-Break," the chanteuse's sultry voice harks to her turbulent personal life in lyrics such as "I've got run over by my own parade, I've suffocated in the beds I've made."   Continued...

 
Music recording artist Lisa Marie Presley poses for a portrait in West Hollywood, California May 10, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni