Lisa Marie Presley will world-premiere her new video “I Love You Because,” an emotional duet with her late father Elvis Presley, on CMT and CMT.com Thursday, Oct.18 during the 8am and 10am ET/PT music hours.
At the suggestion of renowned producer T-Bone Burnett, Lisa recorded the Elvis song in August for the 35th anniversary of her father’s death. The video was only intended to be viewed by some 25,000 fans in attendance at the 35th Anniversary Concert at the FedEX Forum in Memphis, but following a warm reception by fans, Presley agreed to share the video with CMT.
“We were really moved when we saw this video during Lisa Marie’s recent Nashville visit, and asked if we could premiere this to fans on CMT,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT. “Lisa Marie and her team were thrilled and so gracious to allow this to be shared with our fans.”
The single “I Love You Because” has been available for purchase digitally since Oct. 16, and the full video will be available on iTunes on Oct. 25. Additionally, Lisa Marie announced she will hit the road for two weeks in November in support of her new album Storm & Grace. The tour will start Nov. 1 in Tunica, Miss., and ending Nov. 17 at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY.
“I Love You Because” was first recorded by Elvis on July 4 and 5, 1954 at SUN Studio. The session started on the 4th and ended early on the morning of the 5th in Memphis, Tenn., the same day he recorded “That’s All Right.” Producer Sam Phillips did not think “I Love You Because” was the right song for Elvis’ first single, so it eventually found its way to his first album released in 1956. Following its first studio recording, the song was never performed again by Elvis. Lisa Marie recorded her vocals to the song on Aug.8, 2012, at The Village in Santa Monica, Calif., after consulting with producer T-Bone Burnett who presented her with the idea of “I Love You Because” as a special song for her fans.
The video for the track was a personal project for Lisa Marie, in which she introduces her four children as the continuation of her father’s legacy. She made the video over the course of four days, just in time to debut it at the 35th Anniversary Elvis Concert on Aug. 16, 2012. Lisa Marie Presley’s four-year-old twin girls Finley and Harper, as well as her son Benjamin (19) and daughter Riley (23), are featured in never-before-seen family photos, along with Lisa Marie and Elvis.