Kw-logo-smaller

Alexa Ray Joel Interview

Alexa Ray Joel is the daughter of Billy Joel.
Courtesy of Total Assault

By: Sindy

Alexa Ray Joel is a budding musician who just happens to be the daughter of Piano Man, Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, but Alexa isn't riding anyone's coattails. We sit down to chat with her about her new EP and her famous family.

Sindy: Hi Alexa! Can you start off by telling me a little bit about your new album?
Alexa Ray Joel: Well, it's not actually an album, it's a six song sampler - it's called an EP. I recorded it last May, so actually most of the material I do at shows now isn't on there, but it's sort of like my very first work that I've done. It's sort of in the style of pop-blues. And I did the whole thing myself - drew the images, and wrote a letter to the listeners and all that. It's very close to my heart. We went into the studio for a week - myself and my band - and some of the stuff was done in one take, so it's a really organic thing. Very live sounding.

Sindy: So your dad is Billy Joel. What kind of influence did he have on your sound?
Alexa Ray Joel: Because of him, I've been playing piano since I was knee high. The house was always full of music, so of course he's influenced me, but I think I've also developed my own sound. He's also been really good about giving me advice, which I think has helped me really stay true to what I want to do musically.

Sindy: You studied musical theater in school. Do you still have any ambitions to do that?
Alexa Ray Joel: It's always been a dream of mine to do a voice for a Disney movie. I think Disney movies and theater are very closely related. That would be amazing. I don't know about doing a Broadway musical, just because I don't really know how people do it. You just work all the time. That's something that I would definitely have to work up to.

Sindy: So what kind of music did you listen to growing up?
Alexa Ray Joel: When I was younger, my dad of course. Also Ray Charles - I was named after him; that's where my middle name comes from - The Four Seasons... I was just all over the place. These days I'm getting more into jazz and Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, but when I was younger, of courseThe Beatles. I had classical piano training when I was younger too, so I was very inspired by Chopin and I used to compose quite a few classical compositions. And now I'm even getting into funk - I could go on...

  • Click here to read about Alexa's efforts to find her sound and what she does in her down time.
  • Related Stories:

  • My First Concert - Jeannie Ortega
  • Avril Lavigne and Mika CD Reviews
  • Romeo Interview
  • More Celebrity Interviews!
  • readers voted!

    Comments

    there are 0 comments

    Please login or register to add comments


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like it!

    latest videos

    Alexa-ray-joel-poll

    Is Life Easier When Your Family is Famous?

    • You better believe it is!
    • Maybe in some ways, but not in others.
    • No way! Life's harder when your family is famous.
    • I don't know, but I'd like to find out!

    related stories

    Entertainment in the forums

    PITCHPERFECT2
    PITCHPERFECT2 posted in Movies:
    If I Stay and Snow White & The Huntsman! [s:p/zxl]
    reply about 18 hours
    Thranduil
    Thranduil posted in Movies:
    - Big Hero 6 - LOTR: Battle of The Five Armies I enjoyed them both.
    reply 1 day
    TheLeadWizzle2
    TheLeadWizzle2 posted in Movies:
    Has anyone else seen the guest?
    reply 1 day
    TheLeadWizzle2
    TheLeadWizzle2 posted in Movies:
    The guest. Absolutely love it. One of the best Psychological thrillers that I've seen in a long time.
    reply 1 day
    patriotsfan
    That movie is soo overrated. I never even got what it meant. And, there's also lame songs playing every 5 minutes of the movie. :mad :mad
    reply 2 days

    play online games

    Valantine-day-crossword-thumb

    Valentine's Day is almost here! Time for candy, hearts, flowers, love and, of co...

    Goodgameempire-thumb

    Goodgame Empire is a great strategy title by Goodgame Studios. Build your own ca...

    Black-history-month-crossword-pre

    Black History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing contributions of African ...

    Big-farm-thumb

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    Candy-cash-thumb

    Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    _thumb_100x100

    Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

    Frostbox_100x100

    Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...