Lisa Marie Presley & Riley Keough on Oprah Winfrey show season premiere 2007
Lisa Marie Presley performed her duet of 'In The Ghetto' live on the Oprah Winfrey show season premiere yesterday. With Lisa was her 18-year-old daughter Riley Keough. After the performance, Lisa Marie and her daughter Riley (who gives her first TV interview) where interviewed by Oprah.
Of all the songs in Elvis Presley's repertoire, Lisa Marie says the meaningful lyrics of 'In the Ghetto' made this song jump out at her the most. 'I ended up going to New Orleans because the director I wanted was in New Orleans, so I flew', Lisa Marie says. 'As I was going from the airport to go shoot the video, I'm looking at all this, you know, abandoned desolate place that I was thinking was being repaired. I was under this wrong impression. So I was pretty shocked. Then I went, 'This all makes sense. For some reason I'm doing this. I don't know why. I'm following my instinct. And this is why. Here's the answer'.
Lisa Marie performed 'In the Ghetto' with the Harlem Gospel Choir and vintage footage of her father, Elvis Presley. Possibly because of negative comments on the original clips use of images of baby's with guns in this performance the guns are gone. Although she says she normally does not get emotional, Lisa Marie says she gasped for air the first time she heard the rough mix of the song and thought, 'I don't sing as well as he does', she says. 'I can hide behind him as much as possible, but that made me very emotional.
Lisa Marie Presley on Oprah
In her first ever television interview, Riley, Lisa Marie's daughter, says that Elvis was not made into 'this huge thing' by her family, but rather was shown to her in photo albums like a normal grandfather. So despite being the granddaughter of a legend, Riley says it was not hard for her to define her individuality. At 18 years old, Riley is already in the midst of a successful modeling career. Ultimately, Riley says her career aspiration is to become a photographer. Instead of flaunting the family name, Lisa Marie is proud her daughter is earning money for herself. 'I didn't want her to have that shadow where she felt competition and intimidated by anything', Lisa Marie says. 'I wanted [my children] to be able to do what they wanted to do'.
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