Alexa Ray Joel Strikes a Chord of Her Own

Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley's daughter takes center stage with her new CD

Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, has been rocking since she was a toddler, standing backstage with Mom at her dad’s concerts. Now 20, the Piano Man’s kid is ready to take center stage with Sketches, a CD of six songs she wrote and released online, and a monthlong tour.

On wanting to be a musician ‘since I was born’: I was always listening to my dad’s music. My mom pushed me to take classical-piano training. I used to dress up in costumes and pretend to be Whitney Houston – hair, makeup, wigs. My mom would videotape me.

On her musical style: It’s a bit more soulful, more blues than my dad’s. He s more pop rock. And his piano playing is better than mine, but that’s okay. I don’t want to be the Piano Girl.

On her song ‘Now It’s Gone,’ about her mom’s split from Peter Cook amid allegations of his infidelity: I wrote it in a day. It came really naturally. It helped me get rid of the anger that I have. When I perform it, the anger boils back up because I get into the song. But (the anger has) kind of all washed itself away in the lyrics.

On how her mom’s doing: She’s great, very strong. She will get through this just fine. She always rises above a situation that’s filled with sleaziness or darkness. I’m just really proud of her.

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