Alexa Ray Joel tells AOL Music she’s determined to find success without the songwriting help of her father, Billy Joel. “My dad has played a huge part in my musical development,” she explained, “but I never let him literally help me write a song. Sometimes he tries to get more involved with my songwriting process, and I’m like, ‘Stop! This has to be my song and my song only!’ But he understands and respects me for that all the more, because he knows that I have to do it on my own in order to really grow as an artist.”
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Alexa Ray Joel checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@alexarayjoel) on September 10th after collapsing the previous day on the way to a performance at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. “I ended up fainting from stress, lack of sleep and just overall exhaustion about five minutes before the show,” Billy Joel’s daughter wrote. “I woke up to find myself in an ambulance rushing me to a local hospital near the campus, and it was–overall–a pretty scary night. I want to apologize to all of you who had come to see the show last night. This has never happened before, but I guess I was really pushing myself to the limit this week.”
‘Today’ show entertainment reporter Jill Rappaport spoke with Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel’s and Christie Brinkley, about her budding musical career.
Video of the report, aired Friday (September 8), at Bing.com has since been removed.