Arnel Pineda

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Arnel Pineda
Arnel Pineda singing in a Journey concert. (Photo: “Perry Likeness?” by RedMar, taken from Licensed under Creative Commons license number BY-NC-ND-2.0-DEED.EN.)
Arnel Pineda singing in a Journey concert.

(Photo: “Perry Likeness?” by RedMar, taken from Licensed under Creative Commons license number BY-NC-ND-2.0-DEED.EN.)

Background information
Birth name Arnel Pineda
Born September 5, 1967 (age 49)
Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Genre(s) Rock, Hard rock, Soft rock, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1982-Present
Label(s) Warner Bros. / MCA Universal
Ijos Band, Amo, New Age, Most W@nted, The Zoo, Journey

Arnel Pineda (born September 5, 1967) is a Filipino singer-songwriter and is currently the lead singer of the American rock band Journey.<ref name="rollingstone">Rolling Stone (December 5, 2007). "Journey Finds New Singer the Old-Fashioned Way: On the Internet", Retrieved on February 5, 2008.</ref> He has had an extensive 25-year musical career not only in the Philippines but around Asia.

Pineda's singing style was influenced by foreign singers and bands Steve Perry (Journey), John Farnham (Little River Band), Freddie Mercury (Queen), Sting (The Police), Survivor, Heart, The Beatles, Van Halen, Aerosmith, U2, Warrant, Deep Purple, and other rock artists.<ref>Dizon, David (December 30. 2007). "Journey's new lead singer is Filipino", ABS-CBN News Online. Retrieved on February 5, 2008.</ref>



Personal life

Pineda was born the eldest of four children in Sampaloc, Manila. His mother died of a rheumatic heart when he was thirteen, but his brother said she remains a driving force in his life.<ref name="arnelning">Arnel Pineda Music: Official Site (2008). “Arnel Pineda Music” Retrieved on 2 October 2008.</ref>

His mother's long hospitalization and funeral left their family bankrupt, forcing the Pineda siblings to quit school and be separated from each other to be cared for by their father and different relatives.<ref name="arnelning" /> When Pineda became a musician, he paid for his younger brother Erick's schooling with his earnings.

In 1994, Pineda suffered health problems, which almost destroyed his voice. He returned to the Philippines after years of performing in Hong Kong. His voice recovered after six months of recuperation.<ref name="arnelfans" /><ref> (January 17, 2008). "Zoo's Arnel Pineda: Journey's New Voice". Retrieved on February 5, 2008.</ref> He returned to Hong Kong and resumed singing with his band.

Arnel's father still works as a tailor and his three brothers are married. They all live in the Philippines.

Pineda became a parent when he was 20 years old, but his relationship with the mother of his first child did not work out. He married another woman a few years later, with whom he has had another child. He has since separated from his wife<ref name="arnelning" /> and lives in Quezon City with his girlfriend Cherry and their son Cherub<ref name="arnelfans" />.

Pineda's three sons are 19-year-old Matthew, 11-year-old Angelo and three-year-old Cherub.


Early Bands

Pineda became the lead singer of Filipino band Ijos Band (later renamed "Yjoz") in 1982, when he was only 15 years old. In 1986, some members of Yjoz formed a group called Amo. Amo entered and won the Rock Wars contest in the Philippines. <ref name="arnelfans"> (2008). "Unofficial Biography". Retrieved on 9 March 2008.</ref>

In 1988, Amo entered and won the Philippine leg of the Yamaha World Band Explosion. They went on to the finals in Hong Kong but lost due to a technicality. The rules stated that the winning song had to be an original composition. However, it was also stated that in the finals, bands had to perform the same song with which they won their country's leg of the competition. Amo's winning song in the Philippines was Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".

After the contest, Amo continued performing at live gigs, with Pineda on lead vocals. They opened for singer Robert Palmer in Manila in 1989.<ref name="arnelfans" />

Pineda performed with Amo in various clubs in Quezon City, Olongapo City and Makati City. The band was very popular in the Chinese-owned California Jams club in Olongapo City, which was frequented by United States military personnel.<ref name="arnelfans" />

In 1990, Pineda and other members of Amo formed another band called Intensity Five and once again entered the Yamaha World Band Explosion. Pineda won the Best Vocalist award and the band was named first runner up in the competition.<ref name="arnelfans" />

When Amo broke up later in 1990, five of the band's original members formed another band called New Age, with Pineda as front man. This occurred prior to the release of Amo's one-and-only album released in 1990 titled Ang Tunay na Amo ("The Real Master") on BMG records. The album spawned one radio hit: “Running Away”.

New Age played regularly at Fire and Rain in Makati City and were recruited for work in Hong Kong in 1991 by a talent agent. They performed at a restaurant called Grammy's<ref name="arnelfans" />.

In 1998, New Age was contracted to perform in themed Hong Kong nightclub Igor's. The band dressed in skeleton outfits and called themselves “The Rolling Bones”. <ref name="arnelfans" />

Pineda caught the attention of Warner Bros. record label in 1999 and was asked to record a solo album. He flew to the Philippines on his days off to record the self-titled Arnel Pineda. Pineda wrote several songs for the album.

Three years later, Pineda was asked to contribute vocals for one song (“Looking Glass”) by Filipino band South Border on their album The Way We Do.

In 2002, Pineda's band changed their name to “9 mm” and played at “The Edge” in Lai Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. The band broke up afterwards.

In 2004, three members of New Age decided to reenter the music industry. They recruited a female singer to share lead vocals with Pineda and called themselves “Most W@nted”<ref>Julve, Smiley D. (January 2005), "What it takes to be Most W@nted", The Sun Internet Edition. Retrieved on February 5, 2008. </ref>.

In 2005, Pineda once again reentered the studio to record the theme song of a short-lived Filipino radio program called "Dayo"<ref name="arnelfans" />.

The Zoo

In 2006, encouraged by talent manager and TV director Bert de Leon, Pineda moved back to the Philippines with guitarist Monet Cajipe, who had been in all of Pineda’s previous bands.

Cajipe and Pineda formed The Zoo with Emil Bondoc on bass, Edgar Mendoza on keyboards, and Makoy Alcantara on drums. They were signed by de Leon's company, Sundance Entertainment Corporation. The Zoo performed at clubs in Manila and Olongapo during 2006 and 2007 before releasing their first album, Zoology in 2007. Pineda wrote five songs in the album by himself, collaborating with Mark Valliente on the others<ref name="arnelfans" />.


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Pineda's debut performance in the Great Chile Festival Concert 2008.

Pineda's career with Journey started when the band's guitarist, Neal Schon, saw footage of Pineda and his band the Zoo covering the Journey song “Faithfully” on YouTube<ref name="rollingstone" />. A friend of Pineda's had taped the band during a gig, and uploaded the footage to the video sharing site.

Neal Schon was looking for a new vocalist to replace their latest vocalist, Jeff Scott Soto<ref>”Arnel Pineda's Fantastic Journey” (December 6, 2007). “Arnel Pineda's Fantastic Journey”, Retrieved on October 10, 2008.</ref>. He decided to search YouTube for new talent. Upon seeing Pineda's performance video, Schon emailed the video uploader to ask for an introduction to the Filipino singer. Schon wanted Pineda to go to San Francisco for an audition<ref name="rollingstoneqa">Rolling Stone Q&A: Arnel Pineda (October 2, 2008). "Q&A: Journey's Arnel Pineda", Retrieved on October 10, 2008.</ref>.

Pineda initially thought Schon's email was a hoax, but was convinced by his friend that it was real. After some negotiation, Pineda agreed to apply for a visa to be able to travel to the United States <ref name="rollingstoneqa" />.

Pineda, along with his manager Bert de Leon, flew to Marin County, north of San Francisco, for a two-day audition.<ref>Amoyo, Aster (January 17, 2008), "If I Know", Journal Online. Retrieved on February 5, 2008.</ref><ref>ABS-CBN News Online (January 21, 2008). "YouTube gives Filipino singers the big 'cyber break'", Retrieved on February 5, 2008.</ref> The star-struck Pineda was welcomed warmly but he described the audition as "nerve-wracking, tense".<ref>Concepcion, Pocholo (January 14, 2008) "A life straight out of a movie" Retrieved on February 28, 2008.</ref>

Pineda was officially announced as Journey's lead vocalist on 5 December 2007<ref>CNN Video (December 24, 2007). "Viral Videos on the Web". Retrieved on February 5, 2008.</ref> and made his concert debut on 21 February 2008 at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival at the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater in Viña del Mar, Chile. <ref name="journeymusictour"> Tour Schedule, Retrieved on February 17, 2008.</ref><ref name="elmercurioonline">El Mercurio Online (October 31, 2007) "Nelly Furtado, Marco Antonio Solís y Journey son los nuevos confirmados de Viña 2008". Retrieved on February 5, 2008.</ref> He then went back to the US with Journey for a number of Las Vegas performances.


Reporters speculated that Pineda was unhappy touring with Journey<ref>GMA News (September 22, 2008). "Rock mag feature says Arnel Pineda is 'unhappy' with Journey", Retrieved on October 10, 2008.</ref>, because told Rolling Stone in an interview that “[Touring is] very, very sad. There are days I just break down and cry. This is a job I'm doing for my family. That's all the consolation I'm getting...It's a fantastic job, but at the same time it's a curse...I told Neal that the only thing that will make me quit this is if I get sick. I guess that's the same reason Steve Perry bailed out.”<ref>Rolling Stone (October 2, 2008). "Sad 'Journey' for New Singer", Retrieved on October 10, 2008.</ref>

Pineda dismissed reports of his dissatisfaction in a September interview with American television station CBS. He told CBS that it was normal for him to miss home and as far as he was concerned, he was having a blast onstage. Schon backed up his statements, saying reporters took Pineda's words out of context<ref>YouTube (September 25, 2008). "CBS Interview with Arnel Pineda & Neal Schon", Retrieved on October 10, 2008.</ref>.

“Revelation” Album and Tour

“Revelation” is Journey's first album with Pineda on lead vocals. It debuted at No. 5 in the Billboard Top 200 album charts in June 2008, and remained in the top 20 for six weeks<ref>"Rag Magazine July 2008: Interview with Deen Castronovo" Retrieved on July 14, 2008. </ref>.

Arnel Sings the National Anthem on Pacquiao versus Clottey Fight

On 14 March 2010, Arnel Pineda was chosen to sing the Philippine National Anthem for the anticipated Pacquiao versus Clottey match with Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title belt at stake. Many artists before him like Jennifer Bautista, Sarah Geronimo, Geneva Cruz, Christian Bautista, and Martin Nievera were put under scrutiny for improperly rendering the National Anthem.

The National Historical Institute said that Pineda's performance was "dissatisfactory" when Pineda belted out the last bars in "Lupang Hinirang". According to Section 37 of Republic Act No. 8491, "Lupang Hinirang" should be played or sung "in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe."

Pineda apologized to the NHI through media and said that, “I’m not offended by the criticism. I knew it was coming. As an artist, I took liberties."<ref name="inquirer"> (2008). [ view/20100317-259154/Arnel-Pineda-apologizes-for-tak ing-liberties-with-anthem "Arnel Pineda apologizes for ‘taking liberties’ with anthem"]. Accessed on 17 March 2010.</ref>



With Amo


With Zoo

With Journey



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Journey Vocalists

Preceded by
Jeff Scott Soto
Journey lead vocalist
2007 – present
Succeeded by



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