journey singer arnel

Feb 9, 2024


Feb 12, 2024

Sunrise, FL

Amerant bank arena.

Feb 14, 2024

Greenville, SC

Bon secours wellness arena.

journey singer arnel

Your Email*

Your Message*

journey singer arnel

Arnel Pineda

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19:  (L-R) Producer John Paterson, Arnel Pineda of the band Journey, producer David Paterson and Yu Session attend the after party for the premiere of 'Don't Stop Believin': Every-man's Journey' during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at Gansevoort Hotel on April 19, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)

Who Is Arnel Pineda?

After a series of unfortunate events in his childhood, Arnel Pineda found success in Asia as the front man for the group The Zoo. In 2007, he was discovered by Journey guitarist Neal Schon, after a series of YouTube videos were posted of him covering American songs, including the famous hit, "Dont Stop Believin'." In December 2007, Pineda became the new lead singer of Journey. His is noted for having a strikingly similar sound to former Journey front man Steve Perry.

Troubled Childhood

Arnel Pineda was born on September 5, 1967, in Sampaloc, Manila, in the Philippines. Throughout his childhood, Pineda endured grave misfortune. When he was just 13 years old, his mother, who was 35 at the time, passed away after a long battle with heart disease. Her medical costs left the family in serious debt, and Pineda's father could no longer provide for Pineda and his three younger brothers, Russmon, Roderick and Joselito.

While relatives were able to take in his brothers, Pineda was left on his own. He spent the next few years homeless, often sleeping outside in public parks and scraping for any food or water that he could afford. When possible, he would stay at a friend's house, who offered him a cot outside. Eventually, Pineda was forced to quit school and take up odd jobs collecting scrap metal and bottles at the pier and selling newspapers to support his family.

Early Career

Pineda's love of music started at a young age. He began singing at just five years old, and had entered many singing contests as a child. In 1982, when he was 15, Pineda was introduced to a local band called Ijos, and was encouraged by his friends to try out as their new lead singer. He sang the Beatles' "Help" and Air Supply's "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All." Although they were concerned with his lack of training, Ijos members were wowed by Pineda's powerful voice, and took him on as the new front man of the band. One of the band member's friends even offered to pay Pineda's salary, 35 pesos a night, out of his own pocket, and Pineda was offered a tiny room to sleep under the guitarist's front stairs.

In 1986, some members of Ijos joined together to form the new pop-rock band Amo. The group found success covering songs by hit groups Heart, Queen and Journey. In 1988, they turned heads when they won the Philippines' leg of the Yamaha World Band Explosion Contest. Although they were disqualified in the finals due to a technicality, the event was broadcast on TV in Asia, widening their fanbase. The band continued performing at popular clubs and arenas around the Philippines.

In 1990, the members re-grouped yet again, under the new name Intensity Five, and re-entered the contest. The band came in as runner up and Pineda won the Best Vocalist Award. After a series of unfortunate health problems in the early '90s, including the brief loss of his voice, Pineda re-emerged in 1999 with a new solo album with Warner Brothers. The self-titled album had several hits in Asia.

After brief stints with a few different bands, Pineda found success again in 2006 with The Zoo, a band that he formed with Monet Cajipe, a guitarist/songwriter who had been in all his bands during over the previous 20 years. The Zoo performed at several popular clubs in the area and, in 2007, released an album by MCA Universal titled Zoology . Soon the band began covering songs by groups such as Journey, Survivor, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles and more, with more than 200 performances uploaded to YouTube.

On June 28, 2007, Neal Schon, guitarist and member of the band Journey, saw a video of Pineda on YouTube and immediately contacted him. The band had been looking for a new lead singer, and Pineda's voice sounded strikingly similar to Steve Perry, Journey's legendary former front man. After speaking with Schon on the phone, Pineda made arrangements to fly to the United States and audition with the band in San Francisco. On December 5, 2007, Pineda was welcomed as the band's new lead singer.

Right away, Pineda went on tour with the band, performing two shows in Chile and two in Las Vegas. Both were a huge success. After a series of guest show appearances and magazine features, Pineda gained popularity within the American public. On June 3, 2008, the newly organized Journey released their first album, Revelation , which came in at No. 5 on the U.S. charts. The album was their highest charting album since Trial by Fire (with Steve Perry), and reached platinum status by October 2008.

Soon after the album's release, the band continued touring around the world with Pineda. The documentary, Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey , slated to be released in 2012, will chronicle the band's "Revelation Tour," and Pineda's first years with the band.

Personal Life

When he is not on tour, Pineda resides in the Philippines with his wife, Cherry, their children, Cherub and Thea. He has two other sons—Matthew, 19, and Angelo, 13—from past relationships.


  • Name: Arnel Pineda
  • Birth Year: 1967
  • Birth date: September 5, 1967
  • Birth City: Sampaloc, Manila
  • Birth Country: Philippines
  • Gender: Male
  • Best Known For: Arnel Pineda is best known as the new lead singer for the rock group Journey.
  • Astrological Sign: Virgo
  • Nacionalities


  • Article Title: Arnel Pineda Biography
  • Author: Editors
  • Website Name: The website
  • Url:
  • Access Date:
  • Publisher: A&E; Television Networks
  • Last Updated: July 20, 2020
  • Original Published Date: April 2, 2014

Rock Musicians

priscilla and elvis presley sit smiling and holding hands, she wears a wedding dress, veil and tiara, he wears a black suit with a bow tie and a carnation on his lapel

Elvis Presley’s Family Tree

elvis presley

Elvis Presley

rolling stones

How The Rolling Stones Were First Formed

bad bunny looks at the camera while sitting down next to people, he wears a white t shirt and jeans with jewelry and a backward baseball cap

Bruce Springsteen

phil collins sitting to the right of his ex wife andrea bertorelli and their daughter

The Meaning Behind “In the Air Tonight”

elvis and priscilla presley leaving courtroom

The Day Elvis and Priscilla Got Divorced

tracy chapman smiles at the camera while standing inside an event space with a chandelier, she wears a black jacket and black collared shirt, her dreads are slightly gray at the roots and reach past her shoulders

Tracy Chapman

dolly parton kate middleton

Dolly Parton Turned Down Tea with Kate Middleton

a black and white photo of elvis presley standing with his father and kissing his mother

Elvis Presley Almost Had a Different Last Name

stevie nicks smiles and looks just past the camera while standing in front of a dark gray backdrop, she wears all black, several silver and gold necklaces, and large dangling earrings, her long blond hair is down

Stevie Nicks


Home  >  Entertainment

WATCH: Arnel Pineda feels 'blessed' Journey still wants him

Abs-cbn news.

Posted at Sep 07 2023 03:12 PM | Updated as of Sep 07 2023 03:59 PM

Filipino singer Arnel Pineda said he is blessed that American rock band Journey still wants him as its vocalist.

Pineda turned to social media to express his thoughts as he marked his 56th birthday.   

        View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by arnel c. pineda (@arnelpineda2007)

"I am 56 now still going, no sign of slowing down. We are going to tour with Journey. I am so blessed that you know they still want me to be with them after 16 years. So I hope you stay with me too, okay? My friends, I love you guys. I am so blessed for having you in my life and you know my family, too, okay? You have changed our lives forever," Pineda said in his video message uploaded on his Instagram account.

He also captioned his Instagram post: "What a ride we all had... thank you really for making me a part of your lives for the past 16years and to the ones who’s stayed since day one, salute and respect, and most of all gratitude... to all of you of course... you make this one giant sun that has kept shining down mine and my family’s shoulders.

He also thanked the members of Journey led by Neal Schon in his post.

Pineda, who was born and raised in Manila, joined Journey as its lead vocalist in 2007, after members of the long-running rock band found videos of the Pinoy pride singing their hits on video-sharing site YouTube.

Pineda, who replaced Journey's original vocalist Steve Perry, has since gone on tour with the band, and was made the subject of a film chronicling his rise to fame.


Scattered rains in eastern parts of PH, hot weather in other areas

November 07, 2023

Hamas says Gaza death toll tops 10,000 as Israel steps up war

Streisand's new memoir says she's 'still hurt' by insults over looks

Swiss-designed tech helps Parkinson's patient walk again

WATCH: Rare aurora borealis in Italy


  1. Meet Journey’s Lead Singer, Arnel Pineda

    journey singer arnel

  2. The Truth About How Arnel Pineda Joined Journey

    journey singer arnel

  3. Arnel Pineda on singing for Journey, his solo career and the day he got

    journey singer arnel

  4. Arnel Pineda of Journey. March 2015. Journey Band, Steve Perry, March, Mac

    journey singer arnel

  5. How Journey’s Arnel Pineda Came to Love ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’

    journey singer arnel

  6. Singer Arnel Pineda of Journey attends Hollywood Bowl Opening Night

    journey singer arnel


  1. Journey

  2. Journey

  3. Journey's Arnel with 'Send Her My Love' Performance April 4, 2023

  4. Journey 50th Anniversary!! Arnel Pineda da best👏♥️

  5. Had a great time at the Journey show last night! Arnel is such a great guy! Awesome show! #journey

  6. Journey Was Blown Away By This Cover Singer & Hired Him


  1. Why Do Singers Wear Earpieces?

    A singer wears earpieces so he can control what he hears. A crowd or band can create background noise, which makes it hard for a singer to hear himself and the accompanying instruments or music track.

  2. Don’t Throw Out Your Singer Sewing Machine

    Singer sewing machines have been around for over 150 years, and they are still popular today. If you have an old Singer sewing machine that needs repair, don’t throw it out. There are plenty of repair shops that specialize in repairing thes...

  3. Why Do I Keep Seeing “I Hate Steven Singer” on Billboards?

    The “I hate Steven Singer” billboards are part of a humorous advertising campaign for Steven Singer Jewelers of Philadelphia, Pa. The phrase is also used in radio ads. Billboards featuring the phrase “I hate Steven Singer” appear along larg...

  4. Arnel Pineda

    He 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. Pineda

  5. Пинеда, Арнел

    ↑ "Everyman's Journey Arnel Pineda of Journey, part 1" (неопр.). Дата обращения

  6. | Journey Lead Singer Arnel Pineda Official Site

    With under $100 to his name, Arnel goes back home to live with his father Resty. Resty and friend Monet support him back to recovery. Within six months, his

  7. Journey

    Arnel Pineda•1.3M views · 4:12. Go to channel · Journey - Don't Stop ... I Ask If She Knows Journey and This Singer Steals The Show. DØVYDAS

  8. arnel c. pineda (@arnelpineda2007) • Instagram photos and videos

    78K Followers, 1668 Following, 2040 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from arnel c. pineda (@arnelpineda2007)

  9. Arnel Pineda

    Arnel Pineda is best known as the new lead singer for the rock group Journey.

  10. Arnel Pineda feels 'blessed' Journey still wants him

    Filipino singer Arnel Pineda said he is blessed that American rock band Journey still wants him as its vocalist. Pineda turned to social media

  11. Arnel Pineda has been the lead singer of Journey since 2007. He is

    2.3K Likes, 136 Comments. TikTok video from AcousticAF (@acousticaf1): " Arnel Pineda has been the lead singer of Journey since 2007.

  12. A message from Arnel Pineda, lead singer of Journey, to all the Bulls

    A message from Arnel Pineda, lead singer of Journey, to all the Bulls fans in the Philippines! | Philippines, Arnel Pineda, singing.

  13. Arnel, the new singer for Journey. Awwwwe, you so cute.

    I Really Love You. Arnel, the new singer for Journey. Awwwwe, you so cute.

  14. Journey's lead singer Arnel Pineda

    Journey's lead singer Arnel Pineda. Save. Save. More like this. Journey, Concert, The Journey, Concerts. Amanda Jennings · Arnel Pineda · Journey.