Elvis Presley’s daughter is finally getting into the family business. Lisa Marie Presley is releasing her first solo album, “To Whom It May Concern,” in stores April 8, her label, Capitol Records, has announced.
Lisa Marie, 34, wrote all the songs on the CD, which has been in the gestation stage for several years now. She first signed a deal with Capitol way back in 1998, joining pop guru Glenn Ballard’s Java Records label. (Her father recorded for the rival RCA Victor.)
Ballard helps out on Presley’s debut, as does songwriter Danny Keough (Lisa Marie’s first husband “and still best friend,” according to her press release) and ex-Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.
Still, Presley says, “This is me. This record is me. Every song is me. You’re going to see who I really am and not what the tabloids say or whatever anyone has to say about me.”
According to her press release, Presley’s songs will run the gamut from “the brutal self-analysis of ‘S.O.B.,’ with its sinewy rock imprint, to the broken-hearted loss of ‘Nobody Noticed It,’ from the forceful cry for an end to prescribed drugging of children in ‘To Whom It May Concern’ to her unbridled love for her own children in ‘So Lovely.’ And in the dusky textures of ‘Lights Out,’ she hauntedly (sic) confronts the dark side of her heritage.”
Presley has two children, Danielle, 13, and Benjamin, 9, with Keough, her first husband. They divorced in 1994 after a six-year marriage. Presley was then married to Michael Jackson from 1994-96, and then to Nicolas Cage for a scant three months last year.
Says Presley: “I never wanted to write a song, ever, about anything indicating my genetic code whatsoever, or my background. But if I had to do it, then ‘Lights Out’ would be that song. It’s kind of a darker, odd take on it. It’s not like, ‘Woo! I’m from Memphis and look at my life and it’s so wonderful.'”