She's Got A Way

Though she's the daughter of a superstar, Alexa Ray Joel is forging her own path

May 21, 2006|By ROB HIAASEN | ROB HIAASEN,SUN REPORTER

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The plumber is psyched. Mike Lachaina, born three towns down from Billy Joel's hometown on Long Island, stands in the gravel of the Lincoln Theatre's parking lot waiting to see what she sounds like. Lachaina, a Carolina man now, is more than twice the new singer's age, which is a fitting initial audience for the Piano Man's daughter.

"I grew up listening to Billy. I've never heard her. But she needs some support," says Lachaina, who alone, at this place and time, comprises Alexa Ray Joel's crowd support. But it's growing. The guy charging $5 to park didn't know Billy Joel had a daughter -- now he's curious about her, too.

ALEXA RAY JOEL / / Tonight at 9. Doors open at 8 / / Hard Rock Cafe, 601 E. Pratt St. / / Tickets $7 and $10 at the door. Tickets not sold in advance. Call 410-576-2208.

Alexa Ray Joel

Instrument:

Piano; keyboards

Age:

20

Parents:

Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley

Training:

5 years of classical piano; At 17, attended Berklee College of Music's Five-Week Music-Fest

Education:

Attended one year at New York University

Performances:

This month, Joel began a nine-city, Hard Rock Cafe Tour.

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