Alexa Ray Joel Follows in Famous Dad's Footsteps

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Alexa Ray Joel is definitely following in her famous dad's musical footsteps. While Billy Joel plays Madison Square Garden, his daughter now has a residency on a smaller New York stage. Alexa Ray will be the headliner from April 1st through April 12th at the Cafe Carlyle, inside the famed Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan's Upper East Side.

It was just a few months ago that the younger Joel appeared on Katie Couric's talk show--Katie--and both talked about and performed her father's renown hit Just the Way You Are. There's no doubt whatsoever that she is a chip of the old block--she has the voice and the passion that Billy Joel has long been known for.

It was just a few weeks ago that Alexa Ray Joel hinted via Twitter about something big that was in the works, but she wasn't yet at liberty to share all the exciting details.

She also shared an Instagram of the doodle she drew while "readying" herself for the excitement, and included more information about what's to come in a caption.

"As I've been readying myself for [surprise!!] an upcoming local performance-showcase.... {which I unfortunately am not at liberty to reveal the details to just yet}.... I've been vacillating between preparing new original material and fresh reinterpretations of other's songs, plus reviewing some of my earlier pieces for consideration. It's been a rather nostalgic experience revisiting my playful doodles on the insert of 'Sketches', my old EP.... I remember drawing this whilst residing in Brooklyn when I was 19 years old. ~Oh, how the time passes ever so quickly by... Within a mere, overlooked blink of an eye!~"

It was just a short time later when her Instagram account revealed the details fans were no doubt thrilled to hear all about. Mom Christie Brinkley and Dad Billy Joel had to be incredibly proud, too.

Alexa Ray Joel is a talent to be reckoned with--and she's not in any way a carbon copy of her famous dad.

“It’s a bit more soulful, more blues than my dad’s," she said of her 2006 EP. "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."

She's definitely well on her way to something big. Might she join Dad one of these days at Madison Square Garden?

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Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.