Alexa Ray Joel Dedicates “To Sir With Love” To Dad Billy Joel Onstage At Madison Square Garden

Billy Joel’s daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, performed “To Sir with Love” in an adorable tribute to her dad onstage at his show at Madison Square Garden on April 26, 2024. Papa Joel was rocking the iconic venue with a 27-song set during his show, but Alexa Ray had a special surprise for him halfway through the concert. She had just finished performing “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” with her dad, but then she let him take a break while she sang “To Sir with Love” to him, with his band providing the music.

It’s clear the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree, as Alexa Ray just sang like a bird for the theme of the 1967 hit drama film, To Sir, with Love. Her love for her dad and her sweet personality really shone through in the performance, as well as her impressive ability to hold the audience in the palm of her hand.

Before singing “To Sir with Love”, Alexa Ray told the New York City crowd, “This is a song that my father introduced to me when I was just a little girl, and it’s a real classic throwback. I feel like it’s the kind of song that one should sing to their hero.” She then addressed Billy, saying, “You’re my hero dad, believe it! My musical hero, a hero to New York. So thank you, Dad, I love you so much.”

Billy Joel has been playing a monthly residency at Madison Square Garden since January 27, 2014. Alexa Ray has appeared at several of the shows, performing “New York State of Mind” in 2019 and 2024, and giving two performances of “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” so far this year. Her performance of “To Sir with Love” is her most popular on YouTube, having gained 1.1 million views. Their 2019 duet on “New York State of Mind” is also quite popular on the site.

Fans loved to see the dad and daughter moment on “To Sir with Love”, and added comments such as “This young woman obviously inherited her dad’s musical ability. No Auto-Tune or computer tricks. Just pure singing talent” and “The amount of love and pride on his face is priceless. She truly is talented and sings beautifully.”

Alexa Ray, who was born on December 29, 1985, has also forged her own music career. She released her debut EP, Sketches, in 2006, as well as several singles over the subsequent years.

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