Arnel Pineda, Journey Band on Oprah

The Journey Band, now with lead Arnel Pineda, paid a visit to The Oprah show Monday night. In an episode with the theme, Don’t Stop Believing, Pineda shared his own journey.


Arnel Pineda shared that he began performing when he was a young boy in the Philippines. His mother and father, both tailors, recognized his talent early on and encouraged him to enter singing competitions.

Then, when Arnel was 13 years old, his mother died after a long illness. The family was left bankrupt, and Arnel was forced to fend for himself.

Eventually, Arnel became homeless. He slept on park benches in and around Manila and collected scrap metal to earn enough money for food.

After years of struggling, Arnel started singing to earn a living. He jumped from band to band and lived paycheck to paycheck. Then, one of his shows at Manila’s Hard Rock Café was uploaded to YouTube. The rest, as they say, is rock ‘n’ roll history.

In 2007, Neal, Journey’s lead guitarist, came across the video of Arnel. He watched in amazement as this young man from the Philippines performed “Faithfully,” one of Journey’s biggest hits, with the same passion and intensity as Steve Perry.

“I stumbled upon Arnel like in the eleventh hour when I was ready to give up,” Neal says. “And I went, ‘Wow.’”

The other members of the band agreed to fly Arnel to Los Angeles for an audition. “From the first point that I heard [him] until he came over not long afterward to audition with us, we’ve had what I call GBS—goose bump surplus,” says Ross, the band’s bass player.

After years of searching, Journey finally found its new lead singer. Not only has Arnel perfected that Steve Perry sound, he’s also reignited the soul of a band whose journey had stalled.

Arnel gives all the credit to his mother, a woman who believed in him long before he believed in himself. “I think it’s her voice that carried me all through this pain that I’ve gone through,” he says. “She’s always been my biggest influence.”

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One Response

  1. You sound great! Keep rocking !Steve Perry should recognize that the music will always go on .his part in the band made it great .it is disappointing to see that life long fans who love the music can see and hear !new leed singer arnel is an inspiration to to that legacy. Hope one day I will see the acceptance Steve once received from fans when he first started out come full circle and accept other new fans like I’m sure arnel is also to preserve the journey we all have to take even if your not out front Steve you helped the music awesome! Love peace harmony  rock on! Lv Cherie!

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