Five years after a panic attack, Alexa Ray Joel has bounced back and is ready to follow in her famous dad's footsteps by landing a gig at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City.
After a difficult end to a relationship, Billy Joel's daughter suffered a panic attack — an affliction that she often experienced when she was younger — that nearly cost her her life. On Dec. 5, 2009, Alexa took several homeopathic pills during a period 3 hours trying to calm herself down.
It was a point in her life she deems her “rock bottom.”
After intensive therapy, she turned to music to help her deal with her grief. That expression of her pain and grief led to healing and propelled her to follow in her famous dad's footsteps.
This week, Alexa will take the Upper Manhattan's East Side stage April 1-12. It's a much smaller venue than the stadiums where her 6-time, grammy-award-winning father has played, but it is still a great place to show off her talent. Many other big-name artists — like cabaret singer Bobby Short — have played there.
This isn't the first time Alexa has had a residency gig. In 2011, she played at the Oak Room in Manhattan's Plaza Hotel.
Alexa says she has relied on her dad and mom, Christie Brinkley, and gives them the credit for her comeback from the depths of despair.
“Dad always builds me up; he helped me get perspective back,” Alexa said. “My mom and I have more heart-to-hearts now… I’m in a Zen good place.”
Alexa Ray Joel, who writes her own songs and plays the piano, once told Chorus & Verse, “I definitely believe that music is something that is in my blood, something that I was born to do."
Check out her single, All I Can Do.
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