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LisMarie Presley performs Sept. 20 Nashville Tenn. Presley will be ArcadTheatre St. Charles Oct. 26.  |  Getty Images

Lisa Marie Presley performs Sept. 20 in Nashville, Tenn. Presley will be at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Oct. 26. | Getty Images file photo

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Lisa Marie Presley

♦ 8 p.m. Oct. 26

♦ The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles

♦ Tickets: $29-$49

♦ (630) 962-7000

Updated: October 27, 2013 10:05AM

At just three years old, Lisa Marie Presley would use her hairbrush for a microphone, and sing as if in concert.

“I always performed. I was always singing. I was always listening to music, always,” she said. “Music’s always been an important part of my life. I can’t remember not having it take center stage for me in my life.”

Growing up in Graceland, the daughter of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, discovered her passion for music at an early age.

“I’ve always loved it since I was a very small child, and I’ve always written,” the singer-songwriter said. “I put them together in my early 20s.”

Presley, 45, spoke by phone while traveling the East Coast as part of her “Storm & Grace” tour. Now in its third leg, the tour stops Oct. 26 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

“It’s very intimate,” she said of the tour. “The album’s very intimate. The venues are intimate. It’s pretty organic.”

Ron Onesti, owner of the Arcada Theatre, said the concert is part of the theater’s effort to bring a variety of entertainment to the area. After researching Presley and her music, Onesti went to one of her shows and found her to be “a fabulous performer.”

“There’s the initial Elvis curiosity that people have,” Onesti said. “But after meeting her, seeing her show and hearing her own music ... she’s a musician and performer in her own right.

“It’s a curiosity, but a curiosity with some meat to it,” he said. “She earns her place on the stage.”

Her latest release, 2012’s country/folk/blues-influenced “Storm & Grace,” has been described as departure from her earlier rock and pop work — the 2003 gold-certified “To Whom It May Concern” and 2005’s “Now What.”

“The previous releases were probably over-produced. And they’re more angry, and that’s not happening any more,” Presley said. “Things are kind of broken down in my life and therefore the record ended up that way as well.”

Broken down “in a simplified way — not in a bad way, in a simplified way,” she said. “The record is more simplified, more organic.”

With the record being intimate, the venues she plays and the performances are as well, she said.

“It’s pretty raw, I would say. My musicians are incredible. I’m so lucky to be able to play with them,” she said. “It’s just very stripped down and simplified.”

Among the songs she performs in concert is her latest single, “People,” which appears on the most recent volume of “The Walking Dead” soundtrack. While she sings the song live, she doesn’t anticipate it will be included on any of her future releases.

Fans looking forward to a new album from Presley will have to wait, though. At the moment, she is not working on new songs, she said.

“When I’m on tour, I’m in tour mode. When I’m writing, I’m in writing mode,” Presley said.

She said she may take a break and possibly start writing again.

“There’s still some songs that I’m attached to from this record,” she said. “I wrote about 34 songs. There’s a couple that I really love. It’s not out of the question that I wouldn’t take them, revamp a bit ... and maybe write some new ones for next year.

“There’s talk of possibly an EP,” Presley said.

While music is one passion, her philanthropic work on behalf of children is another. Her most recent endeavor is a partnership with World Vision, which describes itself as “a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.”

At every show there is a table of pamphlets about children in third world countries that desperately need to be sponsored, she said.

“We encourage every night for people to sponsor a child. Thirty-five dollars a month. It pays for their clothing, water, food. Everything. You develop a relationship with these children,” she said. “That ties into the tour very well.”

Organizers get excited if two to four sponsors are secured for families each night, she said. But while the idea is embraced by the audiences, at times it can be difficult to get fans to become sponsors.

“As much as they love it and they applaud when I’m doing (talking about) it, it’s amazing how many people don’t actually do it,” she said.

She wants to let those hesitant about committing to a sponsorship know any donation helps.

“Even anything, five dollars, anything,” she said. “And I tell them it’s definitely going there, I promise you ... The families will write them back too, corresponding.”

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