Gone are the days when lovers of pinoy music and pinoy artists confine their awareness of what’s playing at home. As a result of YouTube. Arnel Pineda of the Philippines, has become 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 also to pinoy artists abroad. And conversely now, individuals from outside the united states, 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 this new phenomenon in music fandom. His life story, which can be adequate material for a block-buster movie of person who rose from rags-to-riches-in the most literal sense, changed for the better pinoy tambayan. Because of the music industry. Pinoy music couldn’t give a better example of just one with talent who perseveres and gets his invest sunlight 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 could easily get from relatives, Arnel Pineda lived life with stoic perseverance until he got a break singing for a little-known band.
This poor kid, Arnel Pineda, started his journey in the music scene at age 15. For 25 years, he came in and out of the pinoy music scene as he came and from the country in quest for his career. The longest stint was nine years in Japan. His career was not 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 also be at its most vibrant, Arnel Pineda got his share of the neighborhood limelight along with his regular gigs at the country’s capital’s hottest 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 lots 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 it has 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 find, develop and nurture more Filipino music talents. It is easy to say that Arnel Pineda’s joining journey is a loss to pinoy music development back, but Arnel’s role now has transcended local pinoy music business. He is global now, and in place of seeing this as a loss to the area 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.