Journey of Arnel Pineda

I enjoy reading stories of unknown singers making it big in the Music industry. It’s one reason I have an American Idol blog and Pinoy Idol blog where I can see their rise to possible stardom. I am sure a lot of you know Arnel Pineda, the front man for the 80’s Journey band. I first learned about Arnel Pineda’s journey last December but I had no idea about this Journey Band. What is simply amazing is the journey that Arnel had to travel to reach this dream. I knew all about the following:

1. Discovery in Youtube – On June 28, 2007, Neal Schon, guitarist and founding member of Journey contacted Noel Gomez (ndgomez), the YouTube member who uploaded many videos, asking for contact information for Arnel. At first, Arnel thought it was a hoax, but Noel encouraged him to respond, just in case it was the chance of a lifetime. Arnel finally responded providing his cell phone number. Schon called him ten minutes later and fondly recalls spending the first thirty minutes of the conversation trying to convince Arnel he was really Neal Schon. It was decided that Arnel and his manager would fly to San Francisco to audition with Journey.

2. US Visa Application – When Arnel arrived to apply for his US visa citing his reasons as auditioning for Journey, the immigration agents did not take him seriously and were about to send him home empty-handed. Luckily, one agent had seen Arnel perform at the Bagaberde club the previous night and recognized him. The agent recalls being impressed with Arnel’s vocal skills and thinking he sounds like Steve Perry. He asked Arnel to sing “Wheel In The Sky” a capella in the office. Everyone iapplauded and Arnel’s visa was granted. How Arnel Pineda got his US Visa (Perhaps the Greatest Manila Visa Tale of All time)

What I didnt know is that behind Arnel’s passion and emotion that Journey’s song needed lies an inspiring story.

Apparently his mother taught him to sing since he was 5 years old but she died when Arnel was 13 years old. Though she is not around, his mom left him a singing legacy. Her voice carried him through all the pain he has gone through. Arnel believes his mom was his biggest influence. His mom taught him to fight the world when the world is just not too kind to you.

Those of you who have lost a loved one know that they never really left you. They are with you every step of the way. They live in your memories, and in your heart. Pain can be our greatest teacher. Regardless of where the pain comes from, there are always lessons to be learned.

Ironically, the members of the Journey band learned a lot from Arnel’s story. They have changed in ways they could not have imagined. Watch the video above as Arnel narrates his inspiring story.

Arnel is not just singing those Journey songs. He is living them. Arnel says Don’t give up, I mean… “Don’t stop Believing”

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About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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  • Liza

    I am an Arnel Pineda fan since he rose from unknown to the front man of Journey.

  • http://dine.racoma.com.ph Sexy Mom

    a very inspiring story, indeed Filipino talents fly high, the world over.

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  • http://www.RadiantView.com Lorna Dietz

    Noems, I never knew who Arnel Pineda was but I was aware of Journey’s popularity because a lot of my friends are Journey fans — and the San Francisco Bay Area is home to Journey’s artists.

    We featured Arnel in our April 2008 issue of Filipinas Magazine (http://FilipinasMag.com) just before he embarked on his world tour… I look forward to seeing (and interviewing) him at some point.

    We are Proudly Pinoy!

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    @Liz- same here. I only found out about Journey because of Arnel Pineda

    @Dine- inspiring talaga.

    @Lorna- I hope to watch a show one of these days.

  • http://skamid.com dimaks

    thank you for posting the video.. indeed a well-paid perseverance and continuous believing on Arnel’s part. Inspiring indeed!

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  • http://ode2old.blogspot.com annamanila

    It took a Fil-Am friend to alert me about Arnel Pineda. He’s making waves as Journey lead singer.. ang galing naman talaga. I also read the story on how he got his American visa. But this post tells us much more. Thanks, Noems. You have a knack of writing on matters of genuine interest, including proudly pinoy moments. And you really do comprehensive research. Galing.

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  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    @dimaks- Arnel continued to sing out of love and passion.

    @annamanila- I love inspiring stories. I love looking at the influences behind the person’s success.

  • julia beck

    I KNEW ARNEL WAY BACK ’90’S WHEN I WAS IN HONGKONG WORKING AS A CONTRACT WORKER. ME AND MY FRIEND USED TO GO TO GRAMMY’S BAR IN TSIM TSA TSUI ON OUR DAY OFF TO LISTEN TO HIM AND HIS BAND I WAS EVEN ADDICTED LISTENING TO THEIR MUSIC. AT FIRST I DIDNT RECOGNIZE HIS NAME WHEN SOMEBODY ASK ME TO WATCH THEIR CONCERT THEN A FRIEND TOLD ME THAT HE WAS IN HONGKONG TOO SO I REMEMBER ….HE’S THE SINGER IN HONGKONG THAT EVEN MY EX BOYFRIEND A DUTCHMAN ENJOYED LISTENING SO WE KEEP GOING BACK TO THE PLACE WHERE HE PERFORMED, IM SO HAPPY FOR HIM I THINK HES A NICE GUY.HE DESERVE A BREAK!