Lisa Marie Presley to Debut Collaboration With Father During Elvis Week in Memphis
Lisa Marie Presley has planned a special treat for fans of her father.
In honor of the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, she will debut a new collaboration with the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Thursday night's tribute concert at the FedExForum in downtown Memphis. While the song she chose is being kept under wraps -- Presley wants it to be a surprise for fans at the show -- the singer did reveal that it was produced by Grammy and Oscar winner T-Bone Burnett.
"Every five years, I try to do a special tribute," Presley told The Hollywood Reporter. (Her last tribute was a "duet" with Elvis of "In the Ghetto," released in 2007. Proceeds from the single went toward plans to build the Presley Place Transitional Housing Campus in New Orleans, where the video was shot.)
She added that she sought Burnett's advice this time around.
"He found this sweet, amazing song off [Elvis'] first record, and we went into the studio and harmonized a little bit," she said. "For me, it was important this year to do something where it wasn't about me singing or a duet. I just wanted it to be something really sweet."
To accompany the recording, Presley has also created a video that will be shown at the concert.
"It's very intimate," Presley said. "It was important for me to show that he's carrying on through me and my children."
Presley's mom, Priscilla, is also among those scheduled to take part in the concert, which is one of numerous events being held in conjunction with Elvis Week 2012. Organizers are expecting this year's edition to be the biggest ever. Both Presleys are also scheduled to take part in a panel discussion Friday at Graceland about what went on behind the scenes of Elvis' touring productions.
Presley said she is heartened by all the love still shown for her father.
"It's touching and moving and to see it still going on, in this way, makes me very happy," she said.
Meanwhile, Presley also is set to make her debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Tuesday, performing songs from her new album, Storm & Grace, which also was produced by Burnett, whom she calls a "father figure." The Americana-tinged album, her third, marks a new direction for Presley and has received many positive reviews.
"I feel like it's like you're trying on different outfits while finding your way, and this is the one I'm most comfortable with," she said of the genre. "I switched genres, and it was a bit shocking for people. ... But this is the one that feels most like me."
Of her appearance at the Grand Ole Opry -- where her father performed in 1954 -- Presley admitted that she's a little nervous.
"It's nerveracking," she said. "I'm nervous about it. There is so much history, and obviously I am really proud and honored to be able to do this."
After that, Presley is headed to Europe to promote the new album and is gearing up for a U.S. tour in the fall.