Billy Joel’s new gig as a SiriusXM DJ is starting to come into focus.
The Billy Joel Channel will return for a limited, one-month run on SiriusXM on Jan. 15 , with the Hicksville native introducing some of his songs each hour, talking about their significance and how they were composed and recorded.
Joel’s weekly show debuts at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16, where he will play songs that influenced his music, from Beethoven to the Beatles, as well as doo-wop hits and movie themes. He will also take a seat behind the piano and perform bits of the songs that influenced him.
“Throughout my life, I love to listen to the radio and discover music that impacts my life,” Joel said in a statement. “I look forward to sharing the musical adventures I had creating my songs with the SiriusXM audience.”
Joel’s friends, including Garth Brooks and Don Henley, will contribute “Billy Joel Top 10” specials where they play and discuss their favorite Piano Man songs.
“The response to Billy’s SiriusXM channel from 2014 was outstanding,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s president and chief content officer. “We are excited to work with Billy again on creating and recording new, exclusive content for the channel offering our listeners a truly comprehensive listening experience courtesy of Billy’s unique and eclectic tastes.”