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Lisa Marie Presley aims to forge own path out of father's shadow

AKRON, Ohio -- She was born rock 'n' roll royalty with all the good (money, instant fame) and bad (your entire life is under constant scrutiny, obsessive fans asking whether you can sing like your daddy).

But though she's been famous since birth, Lisa Marie Presley is only now coming into her own as an artist at age 44 after surprising many people by starting her music career in her mid 30s with her slick debut album, "To Whom It May Concern" in 2003.

The album, produced by pop/rock hitmaker Glen Ballard (Alanis Morrisette, Sheryl Crow) contained salty language and an underlying surliness as Presley, who co-wrote every song, seemed to be flipping a metaphorical bird at anyone questioning her motives or talent.

"To Whom It May Concern" peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard charts and sold gold. She followed that two years later with "Now What," toured some and then seemingly disappeared from the music scene for the rest of the decade.

Now Presley has returned to recording with her new album, the Americana-tinged, musically stripped down "Storm & Grace" released in May and is hitting the road. But the singer/songwriter/mother of four didn't just wake up one morning and decide to make music again. The album follows an intense time in her life.

"It was more of an awakening period and deconstruction of a lot of stuff going on around me that I needed to get rid of," the singer said during a telephone interview from the home outside of London she shares with her husband, guitarist and musical director Michael Lockwood, and their 4-year-old twin daughters Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love.

"Then it was the process of elimination. (We) sold the house, got rid of everything and everyone ... I just really wanted a completely different setting and life and to see if I could be inspired again."

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