Singer/songwriter discusses using music as form of therapy and her new album, Storm & Grace
Though she is the daughter of one of rock and roll's most celebrated icons, Elvis Presley, life hasn't always been lovely and tender for singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Presley. Her father and mother, Priscilla Presley, divorced when she was only four years old. Then, just six months after her ninth birthday, Presley suffered the loss of her father. An artist in her own right, music has remained a solid foundation in her sometimes tumultuous life.
In an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, Presley discusses finding her own artistic voice, her debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry and working with GRAMMY-winning producer T Bone Burnett on her new album, Storm & Grace, among other topics.
"I was at a completely different place in my life [when I recorded Storm & Grace]," says Presley. "I was feeling a lot more vulnerable about life and a lot more raw emotionally, and I think that the record was written through that process. ... It's kind of representative of where I'm at in my life. It's a really comfortable place for me now."
Presley's music career took off when she met GRAMMY-winning producer Glen Ballard, who helped secure a deal for her with Capitol Records. Presley's debut album, To Whom It May Concern, was released in 2003 and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. Now What followed in 2005 and peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of Presley's sultry cover of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry," which peaked in the Top 40 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. Released in May, Storm & Grace was produced by Burnett and features 11 tracks that combine elements of folk, blues and country. The album peaked in the Top 50 on the Billboard 200.