Lisa Marie Presley gets back on stage

Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie is coming to Castle Hill RSL on Friday, March 21, to prove she’s a successful musician in her own right. She talks to Jessica Aquilina.

THE reasons we know Lisa Marie Presley range from her being Elvis's daughter to her short-lived marriages to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.

But while her personal life remains in the headlines, Presley, 46, has worked tirelessly to break down the "former wife" and "daughter of" tags to establish a successful singer-songwriter career of her own.

Her third album, Storm & Grace, has finally changed those views.

She has earned praise from music critics and various media outlets including Rolling Stone, which said Storm & Grace was the one "she was born to make — a raw, powerful country, folk and blues collection that finds her embracing her Southern roots and family name".

Presley told the Sun she owed her success to having the freedom to create the album she wanted.

"Freedom let me find myself instead of having a record company tell me to 'do it this way', 'that way', 'get this producer' or 'get that producer'," she said.

Before working on the album, Presley took seven years off from the music business and "life happened".

"I had twins," she said. "I had turned my life completely upside down and rearranged it."

Presley resumed songwriting collaborations in 2009. But she admits she was reluctant when she stepped back into the studio.

"I didn't want to," she said.

"I really wanted off my last label and the person running it at the time was a nightmare and I couldn't get off.

"Finally . . . I was free to write."

Producer T Bone Burnett gave her the confidence to create a 13-song, country-folk album.

"It's much more organic," she said.

"My first two records were mostly rock, slick and over-produced.

"This album I just let it go."

Tickets are $60.

■ Details: 8.30pm, castlehillrsl.com.au.

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