March 19, 2003 01:00 PM

Like father, like daughter? There’s no doubt that living up to Elvis’s name is a tough task – but you’ve got to hand it to Lisa Marie Presley for trying.

The King’s daughter made her singing debut Tuesday at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers’ trade show in Orlando, Fla. There to promote her debut album, “To Whom It May Concern” (due out April 8), a nervous Presley performed a set that drew mixed reviews, the Associated Press reports.

The performance, for music sellers and industry executives, saw the 35-year-old singer move from edgy to relaxed over the course of three songs.

“She’s a little shy, but she’s new,” a production executive tells AP. “Give her six months, and she’s going to get much more comfortable,” he says, adding that Lisa Marie embodies traits of both her father and mother, Priscilla Presley.

Backed by a live band, after the opening song Presley said, “This is our first real applause ever.” By the third number, she reportedly had developed a bit of stage presence all her own.

“She is a celebrity, but now (the crowd) sees that she is a singer and a songwriter,” NARM executive vice president Jim Donio tells AP.

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