Gone are the days when lovers of pinoy music and pinoy artists confine their awareness of what’s playing at home. Because of YouTube. Arnel Pineda of the Philippines, is now the lead singer of a rock great Journey. Now, pinoy music lovers in the Philippines beam their attention and support not just to pinoy artists in the home but and also to pinoy artists abroad. And conversely now, individuals from outside the nation, Filipinos and non-natives alike have beamed and continue to focus their keen ears and eyes to the artists of the vibrant pinoy music scene.
Arnel Pineda, who’s now Journey’s frontman, is the latest toast-if not the prime example, of the new phenomenon in music fandom. His life story, which is sufficient material for a block-buster movie of person who rose from rags-to-riches-in the absolute most literal sense pinoy tv, changed for the better. Thanks to the music industry. Pinoy music couldn’t offer a better example of 1 with talent who perseveres and gets his devote the sun in the end.
Literally living (and sleeping) in the streets, eking out his daily food consumption from the small money he gets out of scavenging scrap iron and selling them, or from whatever left-over food he might get from relatives, Arnel Pineda lived life with stoic perseverance until he got a rest 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 of the pinoy music scene as he came and out of the country in quest 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 can be at its most vibrant, Arnel Pineda got his share of the local limelight along 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 which were posted over YouTube. The others of what happened after it’s been extensively discussed 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 discover, develop and nurture more Filipino music talents. It is straightforward to say that Arnel Pineda’s joining journey is just 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 local pinoy music scene, Arnel Pineda of Journey is the Philippine’s prime exemplory case of the pinoy’s excellence. He does better service to pinoy music this way.