Some people will say anything to get publicity and lets admit it: singer Lisa Marie Presley is peddling her latest album. But there was the ring of truth to her off-hand reply to a journalist who asked: “Is there something you haven’t done that you’d like to do?
Lisa Marie: “One day, I would like to become a hippie and go off the grid and never be seen or heard from again. Just become a big pothead, you know?”
The 44-year-old singer-songwriter, the only child of the late Elvis Presley, is notoriously flighty: “I went to England a couple of years ago to write,” she said over the phone. “It was going to be just a month or two but it ended up being eight or nine months. I fell in love with England, came back to Los Angeles, sold everything, then moved to England. Then I heard that (renowned producer) T-Bone Burnett wanted to produce it, so I came back (to LA) .”
the album Storm & Grace – with the Southern flavour of Americana that recalls her father’s early efforts – has had a rave reception.
Spinner.com said: “Presley has made the strongest album of her career … It’s a moody masterpiece, exploring the demons and angels of her life to the tune of country-spiced downbeat pop.”
While Lisa Marie said she was flattered by the accolades, she did acknowledge the irony — that in order to write a roots-based album, she had to travel to England to do so.
“I’m a simple person. I love my children and my family. I cherish a good person when I find them. I don’t ask for a lot. I’m very happy with this record and with my life.”
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