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Arnel Pineda: Journey's New Frontman

December 5, 2007 -- After much speculation…the wait is finally over.

JOURNEY--Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums)--is proud to introduce fans all over the world to their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda (“pin-eh-da”). He replaces Jeff Scott Soto, who parted ways with the band earlier this year after stepping in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the band in 2006 for medical reasons.

Arnel hails from Quezon City in the Philippines and has been singing Journey songs--in addition to original material--with his band, The Zoo, for the past couple of years in clubs all over his homeland. Joining the legendary band is a dream come true for him.
“It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world. It’ll be a lot of hard work on my part and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore JOURNEY fans. I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like ‘the voice’ (Steve Perry), but that will never happen. I know there's only one Steve Perry in this world.”

When it was time for JOURNEY to look for a new lead singer, the internet came to their rescue. Guitarist Neal Schon wanted someone new to the music business, so he turned to YouTube. After finding Arnel singing “Faithfully,” he knew he had found the perfect frontman.

“I was frustrated about not having a singer,” explains guitarist Neal Schon, “so I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours. I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody. But then I found The Zoo and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted. After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought, ‘he can’t be that good.’ But he is that good, he’s the real deal and so tremendously talented. Arnel doesn’t sound synthetic and he’s not emulating anyone. I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an imposter.”

Arnel Pineda picks up the story: “My friend Noel picked up the message on YouTube and told me it was from Neal. I thought it was a hoax so I ignored it. Noel said, ‘what if it really was Neal and he wanted to offer you the chance of a lifetime?’ So I e-mailed Neal back and the rest is history.”

“Arnel brings a soulful and passionate voice to JOURNEY,” continues keyboardist Jonathan Cain. “His personality is very well-suited to our music. He’s a sincere, authentic person with a great smile and a big heart. I think fans are really going to love him. With Arnel’s soaring tenor, Journey returns to our heritage sound.”

Schon agrees, “We feel reborn. I think there’s a lot of chemistry between the five of us. At first we were going to go into the studio and just write 4 songs, but now it’s escalated to a lot of great new and diverse material. The stuff sounds tremendous. Everyone’s so stoked about it. We feel very fortunate to have found Arnel.”
JOURNEY is currently working on a new album with legendary producer Kevin Shirley, which they hope to release by spring/summer 2008. Details will be announced early next year.

Source: http://www.journeymusic.com/index2.html

Go check him out here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HjcCzgCCX0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc-SEyotkhg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90PGQPjIDEA
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Comments

  • GOODLUCK!

    MAKE FILIPINOS PROUD!!!!!! *okay* *okay* *okay* *okay*
  • HE is amazing
  • bat wala masyado hype?

    c'mon guys?!?

    THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!

    arnel you rock!
  • baludoybaludoy Nag me-meron PEx Expert 🎖️
    congrats pre! itaas mo bandila natin mga pinoy! *okay*
  • blue_tracerblue_tracer PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    magaling talaga ito.. madami ko beses napanood noong nasa hkg pa sila. former amo band. taas ng boses. ngayon nga lang nabigyan ng break, internationally.

    mabuhay!
  • galing! *okay*

    nakatanggap ako ng news sa email ko nito...

    former amo band.... sila pala kumanta ng all time fave kong RUNNIN AWAY! ive been sittin here all alone in the park for so many hours.......

    i admit ang gagaling rin nung bands noong highschool ako... meron din song from a band i wanna know... its called PAIN IN MY HEART... its like 'runnin away' mga fave songs ko nung high school! tamang pang karaoke! :glee:
  • pineda din di ba si apl?
  • galing naman!!!! sana ma feature sya sa magpakailanman para mas lalong makita yung buong istorya ng buhay nya bago pa sya nakuhang bagong frontman ng journey :D
  • Road DoggRoad Dogg PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Earlier this morning, I was listening at a local morning radio show here in the MD/DC/VA area (Elliot In The Morning) when they mentioned about this. And they played a clip of him singing "Open Arms" from YouTube and everyone was actually amazed.

    Good for him, and I really hope he does well as Journey's lead singer.

    Good luck!

    *okay*
  • blue_tracerblue_tracer PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ i've watched this guy perfomed live several times while he was in hkg. damn, he's one hell of a rock singer.

    so rare to hear someone who can sing those high-pitch raspy songs (led zep/aerosmith/bryan adams) and those 'clean' songs (air supply/boston/journey) on the same gig.
  • edny01edny01 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    I agree... bakit wala masyadong hype...

    He's authetic pinoy looking unlike Allan Pineda...

    AWESOME!!!

    Proud to be Pinoy!!...

    tssk wrote: »
    bat wala masyado hype?

    c'mon guys?!?

    THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!

    arnel you rock!
  • edny01 wrote: »
    I agree... bakit wala masyadong hype...

    He's authetic pinoy looking unlike Allan Pineda...

    AWESOME!!!

    Proud to be Pinoy!!...
    oist wag mo naman punahin ung pagiging UN-PINOY looking ni APL, ksi kahit naman di sya authentic pinoy looking e proud na proud sya sa pinanggalingan nya.
  • kensamorkensamor PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Congrats to Arnel! I was watching some of his videos on YouTube. Just wondering how much a lead vocalist of a famous rock band earns? Hindi ko naman sya uutangan, bigla ko lang naisip!
  • Wow! Another proudly Pinoy moment :rotflmao: *okay*
  • opo Sya Yung Kumanta Ng Iiyak Ka Rin..gustung Gusto Ko Ang Kantang Yon... Napakataas Ng Tonong Yon....
  • Congrats!!! :)
  • blue_tracerblue_tracer PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    tssk wrote: »
    bat wala masyado hype?

    c'mon guys?!?

    THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!

    arnel you rock!

    oo nga.. wala pa akong nabalitaan na pure pinoy na na-hired ng isang sikat na u.s. rock group. bale, first ito.. and probably, one of the highest if not the highest achievement a pinoy rock singer could ever have.

    bakit walang hype..? hhhm.. classic rock/rock ballads ang linya ni arnel. at u.s. pa ang unang naka discover sa kanya kaysa local media, eh papano naman, kabakyaan ang mas papansinin ng media natin. :D
  • Aranda_BayAranda_Bay PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Wow! I better start posting my U2 covers on YouTube just in case Bono decides to leave U2 and they might need a replacement!

    Kakila-kilabot yung boses nya!

    *okay*
  • Sinasabi na nga ba at magiging certified rock star to. And not only that, INTERNATIONAL STAR! Being the front man of a legendary 70's rock band is really a BIG DEAL.

    I have watched him perform a lot of times in Bagaberde, and man, he really rocks! Mapa luma o bagong kanta, kayang-kaya!! He can replace all those aged rock stars... He's got the voice, the attitude, and most importantly, PASSION. One thing that Neil Schlon saw.

    WAY TO GO ARNEL!!! =)
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