Lisa Marie on her own terms at Rooty Hill

THE reasons we know Lisa Marie Presley range from her being Elvis' only child to her short-lived marriages to musician Danny Keough, pop star Michael Jackson, actor Nicolas Cage and current husband, music producer Michael Lockwood.

But while her personal life remains in the headlines, Presley, 46, has worked tirelessly to break down the "former wife" and "daughter of" tags to establish a successful singer-songwriter career of her own.

Her third album, Storm & Grace, has finally changed those views.

Hear her sing from the album at Rooty Hill RSL on April 1, 8pm. See details below.

Presley has earned praise from music critics and various media outlets including music bible Rolling Stone, which said Storm & Grace was the one "she was born to make — a raw, powerful country, folk and blues collection that finds her embracing her Southern roots and family name".

Presley told the Sun she owed her success to having the freedom to create the album she wanted. "Freedom let me find myself instead of having a record company tell me to 'do it this way', 'that way', 'get this producer' or 'get that producer'," she said.

Before working on the album, Presley took seven years off from the music business and "life happened".

"I had twins, I had turned my life completely upside down and rearranged it," she said.

Presley resumed song writing collaborations in 2009.

But when she stepped back into the studio, she admits she was reluctant.

"I didn't want to," Presley said.

"I really wanted off my last label and the person running it at the time was a nightmare and I couldn't get off.

"Finally . . . I was free to write."

Producer T Bone Burnett gave her the confidence to create a 13-song, country-folk album.

"My first two records were mostly rock, slick and over-produced. This album I just let it go."

■ Details: Tuesday, April 1, 8pm, Rooty Hill RSL, rootyhillrsl.com.au.

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