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Lisa Marie Presley

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As the only child of rock & roll's first and most celebrated star, Lisa Marie Presley had to work extremely hard to establish herself, far away from her famous father. It was a rough road, but Lisa Marie had the spark and rawness to do it, and to do it on her own terms. Born to Elvis and Priscilla Presley on February 1, 1968, Elvis' only daughter spent the first four years of her life at Graceland, where she was the apple of her father's eye. When her parents split in 1972, Lisa Marie left Nashville with her mother for the suburbs of Los Angeles, but regularly visited Elvis in Memphis. Music was undoubtedly a big part of her life; Elton John, David Cassidy, and some of Elvis' softer songs were her favorites. Having music around allowed Lisa Marie an escape. The tension between the two households and the geographic distance was emotionally taxing for a young girl; such stress came to a head on August 16, 1977, when her father died after an apparent drug overdose. The decade that followed showed an aggressive young lady who lacked direction and discipline. Lisa Marie meddled in drugs during her teenage years, while listening to Devo and the Sex Pistols. At age 18, she left drugs behind and began following Scientology. She began writing songs, but the process proved nerve-racking. Aware of the pressures of being Elvis Presley's daughter, she didn't pursue a songwriting career, spending time instead beginning a family; she married her longtime boyfriend, Danny Keough, in 1988, and during the six-year marriage had two children. Soon after that marriage dissolved, she confirmed that she had tied the knot with Michael Jackson. After three years of media scrutiny, Presley grew exhausted and divorced Jackson in 1997. A chance meeting with producer Glen Ballard motivated Presley to give music another try. Ballard was impressed with her dark, luckless melodies and coordinated a deal with Capitol. Although her debut album was initially slated for a 2000 release, it didn't appear for another three years. In the meantime, Presley had begun another tumultuous relationship, with actor Nicolas Cage; the couple married in mid-2002 but split just three months later. Finally, in spring 2003, Capitol released her debut album, To Whom It May Concern. Deeply personal, edgy, and furious, the record displayed a side of Lisa Marie that was both smart and brash. She wasn't interested in living up to her father's legacy in the eyes of others because she was comfortable with her own. To Whom It May Concern sold 140,000 copies during its first week of release in April. It was also one of the year's highest debuts, with a number five position on Billboard. Her second album, Now What, which saw Presley as co-writer on ten of its 12 songs, was released in the spring of 2005. It again reached the Billboard Top Ten albums chart, and was certified gold by the end of the year, even though it carried a parental advisory sticker. Presley took her time with her third effort, the T-Bone Burnett-produced Storm & Grace, which was finally released in the spring of 2012, seven years after Now What, and it appeared on a new label for Presley, Universal Republic. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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Lisa Marie Presley


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Lisa Marie Presley

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Lisa Marie Presley

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    Popularity
  2.   Shine
  3.   To Whom It May Concern
  4.   Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  5.   Over Me
  6.   Lights Out
  7.   I Was Wrong
  8.   Storm & Grace
  9.   Storm of Nails
  10.   So Long
  11.   Excuse Me
  12.   Idiot
  13.   When You Go
  14.   Dirty Laundry
  15.   Gone
  16.   Indifferent
  17.   Sticks and Stones
  18.   Better Beware
  19.   You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
  20.   S.O.B.
  21.   Forgiving
  22.   Soften the Blows
  23.   Un-Break
  24.   Weary
  25.   Now What
  26.   Raven
  27.   Turned to Black
  28.   High Enough
  29.   Thanx
  30.   Turbulence
  31.   I'll Figure It Out
  32.   Important
  33.   Sinking In
  34.   The Road Between
  35.   So Lovely
  36.   Nobody Noticed It
  37.   Heartless
  38.   How Do You Fly This Plane?
  39.   Silent Night
  40.   Close to the Edge
  41.   Just a Dream

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