On “Seven Years,” Alexa Ray Joel’s new pop single, she celebrates the many highs and occasional lows that come from her long-term relationship.
Inspired by her fiance Ryan Gleason, the lush piano ballad, premiering below, is filled with sweet slices of life drawn from the couple’s true story. The rich, detailed lyrics play out over the building melody that sounds straight out of a Broadway musical. The similarity is not a coincidence, says the native New Yorker.
"Musical theater is my earliest true love since childhood. I was introduced to it from a very young age, as my parents have always been huge fans of Broadway,” she says of her dad, Billy Joel, and mom, Christie Brinkley. “I think their affection for theater was only further cemented by the fact that for their very first date they went to see Little Shop Of Horrors on Broadway. I was lucky enough to see both the American and British productions of Les Misérables when I was five years old. I grew up with Carousel, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and all the classics. It was just an everyday thing.”