Priscilla Presley Reveals How Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Came to Be


As a caretaker for one of the world’s most important musical legacies, as well as one of the most iconic Americans of all-time, Priscilla Presley has an important job. From making sure Elvis’ music remains at the forefront of fans’ minds to maintaining his historic home of Graceland, Priscilla takes great care.

Since the announcement of If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a project of royal proportions, fans around the world have been anticipating new arrangements of classic Elvis music.

Priscilla didn’t let others run with the idea, but saw it through from beginning to end. She was in London on stage performing in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” when the idea was presented to her by well-known record producer, Don Reedman.

“Don presented an idea he thought might catch my attention,”Priscilla says. “He asked ‘what do you think of Elvis singing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra?’ I paused and told him that I liked it, but I wanted to give it some thought.”

In thinking about what Elvis might have done if presented with the concept, it didn’t take Priscilla long to decide, “I told Don this was something I knew Elvis would have loved to do. I liked the idea and when I returned to the states brought the concept to the record label, Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings.”

As soon as work began on the project, pieces started fitting into place just like Elvis would’ve wanted.

Of the project Priscilla says, “..musicians came together, whom have never worked on an Elvis project. Once they started listening to his voice, song by song, and they immersed themselves into the depths of each song and something magical happened. It’s as if Elvis’ spirt was amongst them guiding them on, making the sound bigger, fuller, more dramatic, just as Elvis would have done if he were actually in the studio.”

To Priscilla, the project is about much more than new music, “it’s about keeping Elvis’ legacy authentic and pure.”

“The songs are the original tracks and have not been altered or tampered with but now, it’s with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He loved an orchestra. He loved the feeling and the bigness of it. This album is something he always wanted to do one day. This was truly a labor of love for all the people involved, who have accomplished making this dream a reality. When the album was finished I knew people will walk away realizing he was much more than Rock ‘n’ Roll. He had such an appreciation for music of all genres. The songs chosen for this album are a diverse selection in revealing just that.”

The album is available worldwide on October 30 and features a scintillating duet with best-selling jazz-pop singer Michael Bublé on “Fever.” The album also features additional contributions by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Duane Eddy adding his signature sound to “An American Trilogy” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo lending their outstanding vocals to “It’s Now or Never.”

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