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Press Release - Australian Tour 2014

WEDNESDAY MARCH 19

HORNSBY RSL WEDNESDAY MARCH 19
Bookings: www.hornsbyrsl.com.au or Phone: 9477 7777

FRIDAY MARCH 21

CASTLE HILL RSL FRIDAY MARCH 21
Bookings: www.castlehillrsl.com.au or Phone: 8858 4800

SATURDAY MARCH 22

CAMPBELLTOWN THE CUBE SATURDAY MARCH 22
Bookings: www.kingofclubs.com.au or Phone: 4622 3711

SUNDAY MARCH 23

CANBERRA SOUTHERN CROSS CLUB SUNDAY MARCH 23
Bookings: Phone: 6283 7288

TUESDAY MARCH 25

THE PLAY HOUSE-MELBOURNE ARTS CENTRE TUESDAY MARCH 25
Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or Phone: 1300 182 183

WEDNESDAY MARCH 26

WEST GIPPSLAND ARTS CENTRE THEATRE WEDNESDAY MARCH 26
Bookings: www.wgac.com.au or Phone: 0356 2456

FRIDAY MARCH 28

CAPITAL TEHATRE, BENDIGO PERFORMS ARTS FRIDAY MARCH 28
Bookings: www.thecapital.com.au or Phone: 0354 6100

SATURDAY MARCH 29

FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE SATURDAY MARCH 29
Bookings: www.thefac.com.au or Phone: 9784 1064

Lisa Marie Presley will perform with her five piece band for eight Australian shows only when she tours in March as part of her STORM & GRACE WORLD TOUR. It's her first Australian tour in eight years.

With all the hoopla that has surrounded her, it's easy to forget that Lisa Marie Presley is at heart a simple Southern girl whose earliest musical memories are of obsessively listening to 45's in her bedroom at Graceland and of her dad catching her singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror at the age of three.

The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her latest album Storm and Grace released in Australia in 2012. — an Americana-inspired showcase for her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by 12-time Grammy Award-winner T Bone Burnett, Storm and Grace is a marked departure from Presley's previous albums, 2003's gold-certified To Whom It May Concern and 2005's Now What, which both debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, "I love the songs, but I think I was hiding behind a lot of sonic layers because it was scary to go out there," Presley says. "It's easier to bury yourself in the noise so you don't stand out. This album is a lot more stripped-down and naked, both musically and lyrically."

During her first-ever visit to Sun Studio in Memphis, Lisa shot a live video for "Weary," another track from Storm & Grace. The historic studio, considered by many to be the birthplace of rock & roll, was where her father, Elvis Presley, made his first recordings six decades ago.

"Storm & Grace is the album she was born to make – a raw, powerful country, folk and blues collection that finds her embracing her Southern roots and family name," said Rolling Stone. Entertainment Weekly praised the "smoky, spooky" single "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" while Spinner.com observed: "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." Memphis' Commercial Appeal called Storm and Grace "a homecoming: a sumptuous album of country-soul, blues, and roots oriented songs that confirm her Southern lineage."

Presley's previous albums did, however, enable her to work through the rebelliousness she was feeling when she launched her career as a singer-songwriter in 2003. "I was angry at all that I was potentially up against — all the expectations — and I was puffing myself up as a protective mechanism," she says. "At the same time, I was being pushed by the team around me to be a pop star, and to do all these crazy things that I really didn't want to do."

After completing a well-received tour to support Now What, Presley retreated from the music industry, relocating to the English countryside with her husband and young twin daughters and shedding the people and things she felt had demoralized her. "I got rid of a lot of the toxicity around me, but I also lost a lot of my drive and love for songwriting," she says. "The creativity was kind of wrung out of me."

Not wanting to abandon her craft, and after gentle prodding from her new manager Simon Fuller, Presley agreed, in 2009, to sit down with some new songwriting collaborators, who included Sacha Skarbek (who's written with Adele and Jason Mraz among others), and singer-songwriters Ed Harcourt and Richard Hawley, who is also a member of Pulp. "There was no agenda," she says. "I wasn't trying to write a hit or to please any particular audience. I was just enjoying the process of being creative with great people who really love music." The first song to emerge was a gentle ballad called "Weary," which Presley wrote with Hawley. "That one turned the tide and sparked the whole sound of the record," she says. Over an eight-month period, Presley wrote 28 songs including "Storm and Grace" and "How Do You Fly This Plane?" with Hawley; "Un-Break" and "Close To The Edge" with Skarbek; and "Soften The Blows" and "Over Me" with Harcourt.

For Presley, the album's conciliatory theme grew out of wanting to have peace in her life after a period of turmoil and letting go of what no longer suited her. "There were a few years there where everything around me had fallen apart," she says. "All the things that had become my foundation were gone and I had to shed a lot of skin. I found myself really vulnerable afterward and that's what birthed the album's vibe. It's me without any attitude or anger at a time of rediscovery."

Impressed with Presley's songs, Fuller sent the demos to producer and musician T Bone Burnett, who is known for his work with such artists as Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Elton John and Leon Russell, and scores of others. "I got a call that T Bone really liked them and wanted to meet with me," Presley says. "When I saw him, he said, 'I don't want to do a big song and dance. I really like the record and I'd love to produce it.'"

"When Lisa Marie's songs arrived, I was curious," Burnett says. "I wondered what the daughter of an American revolutionary music artist had to say. What I heard was honest, raw, unaffected, and soulful. I thought her father would be proud of her. The more I listened to the songs, the deeper an artist I found her to be. Listening beyond the media static, Lisa Marie Presley is a Southern American folk music artist of great value."

"It makes me feel really good to hear him say that because I know he means it," Presley says. "His enthusiasm and support gave me a lot of confidence. His even doing this project and bringing in his musicians [who include drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Dennis Crouch, guitarists Jackson Smith and Michael Lockwood, and keyboardists Keefus Green and Patrick Warren] injected me with new life. They were all outstanding."

"I'm compelled to do this because I'm a music lover and I feel that music is so important in the world. That's what drives me — pouring your heart and soul into something and hoping that it can change someone's life in some way. I'm looking forward to performing live and interacting with people who are there for the music and nothing else. Getting that instant reaction is the best part."

On her Australian Presley will be introducing fans to her new charity partner, World Vision. Working in approximately 100 countries for over 60 years, World Vision addresses the root causes of poverty through, community development, disaster preparedness and response, and advocacy. By asking her fans to join her in making the world a better place for children, Lisa is adding her voice to other World Vision artists, whose fans have already sponsored over one million children. Presley and her family sponsor children in Zambia, Myanmar, Ghana and Kenya.

For further information, please contact
Dianna O'Neill Publicity
Ph: 02 9337 2288 Mobile: 0418 468 148 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Ram Country on Yahoo Music Presents:

LISA MARIE PRESLEY
Performing At Graceland's Legendary "Jungle Room" For The First Time

Today, Ram Country on Yahoo Music (http://ramcountry.music.yahoo.com) will stream an exclusive live performance by Lisa Marie Presley as she performs for the very first time at her childhood home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.

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About Lisa Marie

lisa portrait 228 wideLisa Marie Presley has been in the public eye since before she was born.  The daughter of two famous people, Lisa Marie was tasked with the daunting challenge of finding her own path while still maintaining her strong family connection and love for her southern roots.  She's had a career as a model, carried signs for deeply felt causes, testified before Congress and - last but definitely not least - she's tenaciously explored and grown as a respected music artist.  Read more about Lisa Marie in her BIOGRAPHY.

Her current release, Storm & Grace will hit stores on May 15, 2012.

Aside from her full-time job as mother, wife and music artist, Lisa Marie always finds time to help others.  She has founded two organizations, Presley Place and Presley Charitable Foundation.  She also works closely with CCHR and  The Dream Factory.  Read more about her huge heart in  PHILANTHROPY.

Catch up with LMP in the NEWS section.

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Lisa Marie Presley Biography

Lisa-2012-lisa-marie-presley-30601037-432-435With all the hoopla that has surrounded her, it's easy to forget that Lisa Marie Presley is at heart a simple Southern girl whose earliest musical memories are of obsessively listening to 45's in her bedroom at Graceland and of her dad catching her singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror at the age of three.

The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her new album Storm & Grace — an Americana-inspired showcase for her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by 12-time Grammy Award-winner T Bone Burnett, Storm & Grace is a marked departure from Presley's previous albums, 2003's gold-certified To Whom It May Concern and 2005's Now What, which both debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, "I love the songs, but I think I was hiding behind a lot of sonic layers because it was scary to go out there," Presley says. "It's easier to bury yourself in the noise so you don't stand out. This album is a lot more stripped-down and naked, both musically and lyrically."

The album's rootsy golden tone is set immediately with the opening track "Over Me," with its echoey guitar line, burping bassline, shuffling backbeat, and lyrics that lament a lover who's replaced her, while the ominous, swampy lead single "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" and the pedal-steel and mandolin-driven title track sound like they could have been recorded during an impromptu back-porch jam session.

Presley's previous albums did, however, enable her to work through the rebelliousness she was feeling when she launched her career as a singer-songwriter in 2003. "I was angry at all that I was potentially up against — all the expectations — and I was puffing myself up as a protective mechanism," she says. "At the same time, I was being pushed by the team around me to be a pop star, and to do all these crazy things that I really didn't want to do."

After completing a well-received tour to support Now What, Presley retreated from the music industry, relocating to the English countryside with her husband and young twin daughters and shedding the people and things she felt had demoralized her. "I got rid of a lot of the toxicity around me, but I also lost a lot of my drive and love for songwriting," she says. "The creativity was kind of wrung out of me."

Not wanting to abandon her craft, and after gentle prodding from her new manager Simon Fuller, Presley agreed, in the summer of 2009, to sit down with some new songwriting collaborators, who included three Brits: Sacha Skarbek (who's written with Adele and Jason Mraz among others), and singer-songwriters Ed Harcourt and Richard Hawley, who is also a member of Pulp. "There was no agenda," she says. "I wasn't trying to write a hit or to please any particular audience. I was just enjoying the process of being creative with great people who really love music." The first song to emerge was a gentle ballad called "Weary," which Presley wrote with Hawley. "That one turned the tide and sparked the whole sound of the record," she says. Over an eight-month period, Presley wrote 28 songs including "Storm and Grace" and "How Do You Fly This Plane?" with Hawley; "Un-Break" and "Close To The Edge" with Skarbek; and "Soften The Blows" and "Over Me" with Harcourt.

Lisa-2012-lisa-marie-presley-30374934-385-580Taken as a whole, Storm & Grace is a unflinchingly honest piece of work from this songwriter, who, though known for her tough frankness, has managed to create a tender, consoling thread that runs throughout the album. "Weary" may concern a relationship that didn't work out, but it is suffused with a genuine warmth, as Presley sings: "I will always love you/you can move on, dear."

For Presley, the album's conciliatory theme grew out of wanting to have peace in her life after a period of turmoil and letting go of what no longer suited her. "There were a few years there where everything around me had fallen apart," she says. "All the things that had become my foundation were gone and I had to shed a lot of skin. I found myself really vulnerable afterward and that's what birthed the album's vibe. It's me without any attitude or anger at a time of rediscovery."

Impressed with Presley's songs, Fuller sent the demos to producer and musician T Bone Burnett, who is known for his work with such artists as Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Elton John and Leon Russell, and scores of others. "I got a call that T Bone really liked them and wanted to meet with me," Presley says. "When I saw him, he said, 'I don't want to do a big song and dance. I really like the record and I'd love to produce it.'"

"When Lisa Marie's songs arrived, I was curious," Burnett says. "I wondered what the daughter of an American revolutionary music artist had to say. What I heard was honest, raw, unaffected, and soulful. I thought her father would be proud of her. The more I listened to the songs, the deeper an artist I found her to be. Listening beyond the media static, Lisa Marie Presley is a Southern American folk music artist of great value."

"It makes me feel really good to hear him say that because I know he means it," Presley says. "His enthusiasm and support gave me a lot of confidence. His even doing this project and bringing in his musicians [who include drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Dennis Crouch, guitarists Jackson Smith and Michael Lockwood, and keyboardists Keefus Green and Patrick Warren] injected me with new life. They were all outstanding."

storm grace cover 360Presley is also glad to have a new label home, Universal Republic, which will release Storm & Grace on May 15th. "I have a new team around me, and none of the things that brought me down before," she says, adding that although she is nervous about how Storm and Grace will be received, the joy of knowing that she's connecting with an audience makes it all worth it.

"I'm compelled to do this because I'm a music lover and I feel that music is so important in the world. That's what drives me — pouring your heart and soul into something and hoping that it can change someone's life in some way. I'm looking forward to performing live and interacting with people who are there for the music and nothing else. Getting that instant reaction is the best part."

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Monday March 10          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LISA MARIE PRESLEY IN-STORE SIGNING

RED EYE RECORDS SYDNEY

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THURSDAY MARCH 20th 6PM – 7PM

Heading to Australia next week for her 'Storm & Grace' Tour, Lisa Marie Presley has just confirmed she will be at Red Eye Records next Thursday March 20th from 6pm – 7pm to sign copies of her latest album.

The 'Storm & Grace' album will be available at Red Eye Records to purchase on the day.

Lisa Marie Presley
In-Store Signing at Red Eye Records
143 York St, Sydney
Thursday March 20th
6-7pm

The 'Storm and Grace' Tour is the first time Lisa Marie Presley
has toured in Australia for eight years.

With all the hoopla that has surrounded her, it's easy to forget that Lisa Marie Presley is at heart a simple Southern girl whose earliest musical memories are of obsessively listening to 45's in her bedroom at Graceland and of her dad catching her singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror at the age of three.

The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her latest album Storm and Grace released in Australia in 2012. — an Americana-inspired showcase for her song writing talent and smouldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by 12-time Grammy Award-winner T Bone Burnett, Storm and Grace is a marked departure from Presley's previous albums, 2003's gold-certified To Whom It May Concern and 2005's Now What, which both debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, "I love the songs, but I think I was hiding behind a lot of sonic layers because it was scary to go out there," Presley says. "It's easier to bury yourself in the noise so you don't stand out. This album is a lot more stripped-down and naked, both musically and lyrically."

LISA MARIE PRESLEY TOUR DATES

WEDNESDAY MARCH 19 - HORNSBY RSL

Bookings: www.hornsbyrsl.com.au
Phone 9477 7777

FRIDAY MARCH 21 - CASTLE HILL RSL

Bookings: www.castlehillrsl.com.au
Phone 8858 4800

SATURDAY MARCH 22 - THE CUBE at CAMPBELLTOWN CATHOLIC CLUB

Bookings: http://www.thecube.net.au
Phone 4625 0000

SUNDAY MARCH 23 - CANBERRA SOUTHERN CROSS CLUB

Bookings: Phone 6283 7288

TUESDAY MARCH 25 - ARTS CENTRE MEBOURNE, PLAYHOUSE

Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Phone 1300 182 183

WEDNESDAY MARCH 26 - WEST GIPPSLAND ARTS CENTRE THEATRE

Bookings: www.wgac.com.au
Phone 0356 24 2456

FRIDAY MARCH 28 - THE CAPITAL BENDIGO

Bookings: www.thecapital.com.au
Phone 0354 34 6100

SATURDAY MARCH 29 - FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE

Bookings: http://artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au/Whats_On_-_Buy_Tickets/Lisa_Marie_Presley
Ph 9784 1060

TUESDAY APRIL 1 - ROOTY HILL RSL

Bookings: http://rootyhillrsl.com.au/Entertainment/April/

WEDNESDAY APRIL 2 - MINGARA RECREATION CLUB – TUIMBI UMBI

Bookings: www.mingara.com.au

THURSDAY APRIL 3 - HURSTVILLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

Bookings: www.trybooking.com.au/EJHS

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