ALEXA RAY JOEL By Sandra Castillo
She is an enchantress, a modern day Renaissance woman, whose kindred spirit is akin to another 20th-century master of the pen and stage. When singer Alexa Ray Joel follows the muse of her own inner court-and-spark, she is reminiscent of the golden-haired gypsy who wraps herself in lace and chiffon. Though different in their artistic approach they may be, both Alexa Ray and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks share a common love for prose majestically threaded with a needle kissed by fantasy and starlight. When the raven-haired beauty allows inspiration to take charge of her ruminations and secrets, we are witnesses to her musical gifts that cherish and celebrate life.
Alexa Ray is heir to the legacy of another renowned songwriter-Billy Joel-who has been entertaining audiences with his music for nearly five decades. Her mother, former supermodel Christie Brinkley, has graced countless magazine covers, including Sports Illustrated, and shares a special bond, love for Alexa Ray that has certainly allowed her to bloom into the spectacular person she has become today.
Born in December, 1985, in New York City, her middle name, Ray, was bestowed unto her in honor of the late Ray Charles. Alexa Ray showed a propensity for music at a very young age, as seen in a home video, which showed her singing and dancing her way around the family estate, courtesy of Mama Christie. Billy has found inspiration in his daughter, by way of his own compositions. In 1989, he recorded “The Downeaster Alexa,” which was titled after his boat which shares her name. In 1993, he released the poignantly beautiful “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)” on behalf of Alexa Ray. When Alexa Ray was a little girl, she did an art rendering of her famous father which became the front cover for Billy’s “My Lives” album.
Alexa Ray has performed at various charity events and major music festivals throughout the country, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the 2007 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and “Save Sag Harbor” Gala. In 2013, she crooned her own rendition of Billy’s 1977 hit, “Just The Way You Are,” for The Gap’s “Back to Blue” ad campaign.
Alexa Ray is a perennial favorite at the Cafe Carlyle, one of New York’s finest cabarets and dining establishments, where she entertains patrons with her repertoire of original songs and covers of such classics as “A Whiter Shade of Pale” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” She has proven to be such a crowd-pleaser there that she has an established residency at the famed venue.
Alexa Ray’s reflections about love and life can be found in her own body of work, including “Sketches (Audio Bee),” “For All My Days,” “All I Can Do Is Love” and “Beg You To Stay,” which reminds us what she does best and that is to unite our hearts with hers and the music she longs to share with the world…