Elvis Presley’s Granddaughter Riley Keough Revealed How She Reacts to His Songs

Elvis Presley’s songs had a huge impact on many people, including his granddaughter, Riley Keough. During an interview, she said she becomes very emotional while listening to certain Elvis songs. Here’s a look at her feelings about her famous grandfather and his music.

Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough in front of flowers
Riley Keough | Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic

Does Riley Keough think her voice sounds like Elvis Presley’s?

Keough is known for her roles in a number of acclaimed films. Her most famous movies include Magic Mike, Mad Max: Fury Road, It Comes at Night, Under the Silver Lake, and The Lodge. While she’s mostly known for acting, Variety reports Keough recorded backing vocals on Oriville Peck’s cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

She doesn’t think her voice sounds much like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s. “My voice isn’t like Elvis’,” she said. “But I’ll tell you what, I just realized recently that I do have kind of a country voice. I realized the other day in the studio — we’ve recorded a bunch of songs — I think I have a country voice.”

Orville Peck’s “Born This Way”

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A certain type of Elvis Presley song really moves his granddaughter

Afterward, Keough discussed her relationship to Elvis’ music. “I don’t put it on,” she said. “If it’s on, I’ll listen to it. There’s definitely emotion around it. There was definitely a lot of grief around it growing up, especially seeing my mom and my grandmother. It was kind of a sad thing, tragic kind of a thing, so there was definitely that relationship to it, and I could see from a young age, it would make my mom sad, and so I could feel that. 

“It’s definitely an emotional experience, especially if it’s one of the more emotional songs,” she added. “If it’s one of the more upbeat songs, it’s not. The more gospel or that kind of stuff definitely makes me emotional.”

Elvis Presley’s cover of the gospel hymn “How Great Thou Art”

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The upside of being the granddaughter of a celebrity

While Keough has an extensive filmography, Elvis’ fame is so great some people could see her simply as his granddaughter rather than an entertainer in her own right. During an interview with The Guardian, Keough said she doesn’t mind when people refer to her as Elvis’ granddaughter. Despite her pride in being the granddaughter of a major star, she never knew him. In fact, he died 12 years before her birth. As a child, she just understood her grandfather as someone who was extremely prominent but she didn’t think about him too much.

While Elvis’ music reminds Keough of some painful parts of her family history, it affected her in other ways. She said she got an agent very quickly because of her family name. Being Elvis’ granddaughter has helped Keough — even if his music sometimes makes her sad.

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