Alexa Ray Joel began writing songs at a very early age. Growing up in a musical household, her gift for singing and songwriting was always encouraged by her parents. Her deep love of music stems from as early as the tender age of two, when her father would sing and play nursery rhymes for her on the piano. Like her father, she pursued classical piano training for quite a few years before developing a knack for songwriting. She would soon find that her skills in classical piano provided a solid foundation for her songwriting.
At seventeen, she attended the Berklee College of Music's Five Week Music-Fest, where she honed her skills as a performer, and, realizing that she had a soulful voice, lost her inhibitions about sharing that voice with an audience. She attended NYU's Musical Theatre Program her freshman year, but grew restless by the summer and decided to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter. As luck would have it, she was introduced to three very talented musicians, each of whom would soon become members of her band...and great friends!
By that fall, Alexa performed her first show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ, followed by other gigs in the New York area (i.e. The Cutting Room, Galapagos). She has most recently been performing at colleges and venues around the northeast, and just finished up a Hard Rock Cafe Tour throughout America in May.