Gone are the times when lovers of pinoy music and pinoy artists confine their attention to what’s playing at home. As a result of YouTube. Arnel Pineda of the Philippines, is currently the lead singer of a rock great Journey. Now, pinoy music lovers in the Philippines beam their attention and support not only to pinoy artists at home but and to pinoy artists abroad. And conversely now, people from outside the united states, Filipinos and non-natives alike have beamed and continue to concentrate their keen ears and eyes to the artists of the vibrant pinoy music scene.
Arnel Pineda, who is now Journey’s frontman, is the latest toast-if not the prime example, of the new phenomenon in music fandom. His life story pinoy tambayan, that will be adequate material for a block-buster movie of one that rose from rags-to-riches-in the absolute most literal sense, changed for the better. As a result of the music industry. Pinoy music could not give a better example of 1 with talent who perseveres and gets his invest the sun in the end.
Literally living (and sleeping) in the streets, eking out his daily food consumption from the little money he gets out of scavenging scrap iron and selling them, or from whatever left-over food he could get from relatives, Arnel Pineda lived life with stoic perseverance until he got some slack singing for a little-known band.
This poor kid, Arnel Pineda, started his journey in the music scene at age 15. For twenty-five years, he came in and out from the pinoy music scene as he came and out from the country in search for his career. The longest stint was nine years in Japan. His career wasn’t without its share of peaks and valleys, while he won an international award, he also got involved in drugs (which in retrospect he regrets and says it almost made him lose his voice.)
Going back to the Philippines where pinoy music is also at its most vibrant, Arnel Pineda got his share of the neighborhood limelight together with his regular gigs at the country’s capital’s most popular bars. Pinoy music lovers just couldn’t get enough of Arnel Pineda’s vocal prowess as he convincingly sing covers of the songs of Journey, Air Supply, Aerosmith, Queen, John Farmham, and a lot of other popular groups whose songs are favorites of the Filipino and foreigners who frequent the bars where he performs.
The big break came when Neil Schon of Journey saw the videos of his performances of posted over YouTube. The rest of what happened after this has been extensively written about in internet blogs, music magazines, and even CNN and other giant tv networks in the United States.
While Arnel Pineda’s journey with Journey continues, pinoy music continues to flourish and continues to find out, develop and nurture more Filipino music talents. It is simple to say that Arnel Pineda’s joining journey is really a loss to pinoy music development back home, but Arnel’s role now has transcended local pinoy music business. He is global now, and as opposed to seeing this as a loss to the neighborhood pinoy music scene, Arnel Pineda of Journey may be the Philippine’s prime example of the pinoy’s excellence. He does better service to pinoy music this way.