The daughter of Christie Brinkley and ex-husband Billy Joel is releasing her first album tomorrow, T.H. Gossip has learned.
Alexa Ray Joel, 20, has quietly been working on her music debut, Sketches, which will be released through her own independent record label. Fans will be able to buy it from her official site, as well as download it from all the usual places on the Internet.
You can already hear three of the songs on Alexa Ray’s MySpace page. They include “The Heart of Me,” “Come Home to Me Do” and “Sapphire Night.” They are all bluesy pop numbers in which Alexa accompanies herself on piano. She may be more Melissa Manchester circa 1973 than Billy Joel, but you can pick up Dad’s influence in her recordings just the same.
Alexa Ray is here to stay, and she’s serious about her career. She joins a not-so-select group of second-generation pop stars like Julian Lennon, his brother Sean, Ben and Sally Taylor (Carly Simon and James Taylor’s kids), the Wilson Phillips gang, Ricky Nelson’s sons and Sting’s son Joe Sumner.
Interestingly, most of those artists have opted not to sign with big record companies and instead put out their own CDs.
Of course, the tabloids will pour over Alexa’s lyrics to see if there’s anything about her mom‘s soured marriage to philandering architect Peter Cook, who is now separated from Brinkley after he did his assistant, Diana Bianchi, a year younger than Alexa Ray.
Regardless, something tells us that the message — if there is one (the sex scandal broke only weeks ago) — will be fairly hidden. The girl has more important things to sing about.
Like life! Go Alexa!