32 Facts About Arnel Pineda


Arnel Campaner Pineda was born on September 5,1967 and is a Filipino singer and songwriter.


Arnel Pineda came to prominence in the Philippines during the 1980s and internationally in 2007 as the lead singer of the American rock band Journey.


Arnel Pineda was born on September 5,1967, at St Jude Thaddeus Diagnostic Clinic in Tondo, Manila, to Restituto Lising Pineda and Josefina Manansala Campaner.


Arnel Pineda's mother instilled his love for singing at an early age, encouraging him to sing along to her favorite singers like Karen Carpenter and Barbra Streisand.


Arnel Pineda's illness had left their family deep in debt.


Arnel Pineda spent about two years on the streets, sleeping wherever he could: in public parks, or on a narrow bench outside a friend's crowded house.


Arnel Pineda earned meager money by collecting glass bottles, newspapers, and scrap metal and selling them to recyclers.


Arnel Pineda would go to the pier with his friends and take on odd jobs like cleaning scrap metal and docked ships.


Arnel Pineda didn't have much to eat, sometimes rationing a small package of Marie biscuit as food for two days.


In 1982, when Arnel Pineda was 15 years old, he became the lead singer of the Filipino group Ijos.


Arnel Pineda used to sing in a Shakey's Pizza Parlor on Taft Street in Manila.


Arnel Pineda won the Best Vocalist award and the band came in as first runner up.


Arnel Pineda returned to Hong Kong and resumed singing with his band.


Arnel Pineda continued to perform with New Age while making his album and for several years thereafter.


In 2001, Arnel Pineda sang one song, "Looking Glass", with Filipino band South Border on their album The Way We Do.


In 2004, three members of New Age reformed with a female singer sharing lead vocals with Arnel Pineda and called themselves Most W@nted.


In 2005, Arnel Pineda recorded the theme song of the short-lived Filipino radio show Dayo.


In 2006, encouraged by well-respected Filipino talent manager and TV director Bert de Leon, Arnel Pineda moved back to the Philippines with Monet Cajipe, the guitarist who had been in all of Arnel Pineda's previous bands.


On June 28,2007, Neal Schon of Journey contacted Noel Gomez, a longtime fan and friend of Arnel Pineda who had uploaded many of these videos, to ask for Arnel Pineda's contact information.


Schon sent an e-mail to Arnel Pineda inviting him to audition for Journey.


Arnel Pineda initially dismissed the e-mail as a hoax, but after being persuaded by Gomez, he finally replied to Schon's e-mail.


Ten minutes later, Arnel Pineda received a phone call from Schon.


The star-struck Arnel Pineda was welcomed warmly but he described the audition as "nerve-wracking, tense".


On December 5,2007, Arnel Pineda was announced as the new lead singer of Journey.


Arnel Pineda debuted as the lead singer of Journey on February 21,2008, at the Vina del Mar International Song Festival held at the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater in Vina del Mar, Chile.


Journey's first album with Arnel Pineda, Revelation, debuted at No 5 in the Billboard Top 200 album charts in the week following its release, and remained in the Top 20 for six weeks.


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Arnel Pineda celebrated his 41st birthday on September 5,2008, during a concert at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario.


Arnel Pineda sang in 57 concerts during the 2008 Journey World Tour.


In 2013, Arnel Pineda told Rappler that he divides his time between the Philippines and the United States.


Arnel Pineda met Donald Trump at the White House in 2017 with two other members of Journey, Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory.


Arnel Pineda later explained that he does not belong to any political group, nor does he follow any religion.