Joey Alexander (born Josiah Alexander Sila; June 25, 2003) is an Indonesian jazz pianist and is considered a child prodigy. He released his first album, “My Favorite Things” on May 12, 2015, at age 11.
Alexander taught himself to play jazz at age six, and has performed for Herbie Hancock and Bill Clinton. In 2014, Wynton Marsalis invited Alexander to play at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2014 gala, which made him an “overnight sensation”, according to The New York Times. Alexander won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master-Jam Fest, and performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival in 2015.
Alexander is the first Indonesian act ever to enter the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, where his debut album My Favorite Things debuted at number 174 on the week ending May 30, 2015, re-entered and peaked at number 59 in January 2016.