Lisa Presley was the daughter of singer and actor Elvis Presley and Actress Priscilla Presley, who died on 12th January 2023 due to a cardiac arrest. She was an American songwriter and singer and the sole heir to her father’s estate.
Personal Information about Lisa Presley
|Born as||Lisa Marie Presley|
|Date of Birth||1st February, 1968|
|Place of Birth||Memphis, TN|
|Died on||12th January, 2023|
|Age when died||54 years|
|Place of death||Los Angeles, CA|
|Resting Place||Graceland, Memphis, TN|
|Profession||Songwriter and Singer|
|Years of profession||1997, 2003-2013, and 2018-2023|
|Parents||Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley|
|Spouses||Danny Keough (married – 1988 and divorced – 1994)Michael Jackson (married – 1994 and divorced – 1996)Nicholas Cage (married – 2002 and divorced – 2004)Michael Lockwood (married – 2006 and divorced – 2021)|
|Children||4, including American actress Riley Keough|
|Relatives||a half-brother Navarone Garibaldi|
|Song choices||Soft rock, alternative, pop, rock, folk, Americana, and contemporary|
Early Life of Lisa Presley
Presley was born at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in TN on 1st Feb 1968, exactly nine months after her parent’s wedding. At age four, her parents separated, and Lisa began to stay with her mother in Los Angeles. Although, she used to visit her father frequently and stayed with him in Graceland, Memphis.
Elvis Presley died in 1977, making the then-nine-year-old Lisa the real estate heir. She was the joint owner along with her grandfather and grandfather’s mother. After her grandfather and great-grandmother died, she became her father’s real estate’s sole heir. She inherited the estate on her 25th birthday, estimated at around $100 million. By 2004, Lisa sold 85% of her father’s estate.
Lisa attended the first rock concert after watching Queen at The Forum in Inglewood. She also gave Freddie Mercury her father’s scarf to show her love for theaters after the show. She had a disturbed childhood because of her mother’s affair with Michael Edwards. According to an interview in 2003, she said Edwards used to come to her room intoxicated and used to touch her inappropriately.
To give tribute to her father on his 20th death anniversary, Lisa created a video, “Don’t Cry Daddy”. It was a posthumous duet in which Elvis’s original vocals were used, and Lisa’s vocals were added along with new instrumentals.
Lisa Presley’s Career
Lisa created three musical albums in her musical career and non-album singles, including a duet with her father from the tracks he made before he died. Presley released her first album, To Whom It May Concern, in 2003, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified gold in June 2003. Apart from the song “the road between”, Lisa wrote all the lyrics and was the co-writer of every melody of her album. She organized a concert to promote her album in the UK.
In 2005 she released her second album, Now What, reaching No9 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart. Until 2012, Presley worked in multiple singles, which also received much appreciation.
Her final album, Storm and Grace, was released in 2012, and she believed it was a much more organic record than her previous work. In 2018, she was featured on the title track of the compilation “Where no one stands alone, ” a collection of her father’s gospel songs.
Lisa Presley and Her Charity Work
Presley started a charitable organization, PCF – Presley Charitable Foundation, in 2007. It was registered as a public benefits and grantmaking foundation after Presley died in 2023. Presley supported people without homes through her Presley Place, which she began in 2001. The place provided rent-free housing, child day care, financial and career counseling, and many other services to the homeless for one year.
Presley also worked along with Oprah Winfrey and her Angel Network. She helped people affected by Hurricane Katrina that came to New Orleans. In 2011, she became the patron of the London-based charity Dream Factory.
Lisa was also involved in Grammy Foundation’s Gold Grammy Signature school programs. This program recognized the top US public high schools that make an outstanding commitment to music education.
Lisa Presley and Her Awards
In 2011, Presley was awarded and honored by the Governor of TN for her charitable efforts. Two days later, the Mayor of New Orleans issued a certificate of proclamation for her dedication and contribution towards the city.
Lisa Presley’s Personal Life
Lisa had several relationships and marriages in her life. Her first marriage was to Danny Keough, a Chicago-based musician, in 1988. She had two children, a daughter – Riley Keough and a son – Benjamin Storm Keough. She separated from Danny in 1994, and in 2020, her son Benjamin died of suicide.
Twenty days after her divorce from Danny, Lisa married Michael Jackson. Danny’s brother was the official witness to their wedding. Jackson and Presley connected emotionally after the former was accused of child molestation. Presley gave him emotional support and, according to her, fell for him. In 1996, however, they both separated. In Oprah’s show, Lisa disclosed how they both tried to work on their relationship for four years after divorce but agreed they were better off separated. She even stated she was shattered on hearing of Jackson’s death.
Presley was also engaged to Musician John Oszajaca in 1999 but broke off in 2001 after meeting Nicholas Cage. They married in Aug 2002, and Cage filed for divorce in three months in November 2002, which was finalized in May 2004.
In 2006, Presley married her guitarist, director and music producer, Michael Lockwood. Her first husband was the best man at their wedding. From her fourth marriage, Presley had twins – Harper and Finley Lockwood. They both stayed with their daughters in Rotherfield, East Sussex. Ten years into marriage, Presley filed for divorce in 2016 and claimed inappropriate images of her daughters on Lockwood’s personal computer. This allegation gave Priscilla Presley temporary custody of her children, but nothing came out in the investigation. Their divorce was finalized in 2021.
On 12th January 2023, Lisa Presley died of cardiac arrest at her home in CA. She was given CPR and revived, but later died the same day at 54.