As the daughter of the most famous "piano man" in history, Alexa Ray Joel has some serious musical chops.

The singer, 29, is currently in the midst of a residency at New York's legendary Café Carlyle, where she's performing set after set of intimate, cabaret-style tunes. During the show, Joel also treats her fans to plenty of her favorite covers — but audiences would be wrong to expect the same-old note-for-note renditions.

"Every time I do a cover, I completely … pick apart, I take apart the entire song, and really reconstruct it," Joel tells us. "I try and make it my own."

To find out more about Joel's musical influences, as well as a preview of her Café Carlyle concerts, be sure to watch our exclusive interview in the video above.