Writer Nestor U. Torre of the Philippine Daily Inquirer explores “democratic” ways of getting discovered in entertainment. The details surrounding Arnel’s discovery are not as simple as outlined on this piece. Circumstances other than those under Arnel’s control fortunately worked towards his advantage: Noel Gomez, a supportive manager and then-future bandmates giving him a week to meet their expectations – after an initial day’s mediocre performance. An excerpt from the article:
Also impressive is the achievement of our homegrown Arnel Pineda, who one fine day learned that the Journey band was looking for a lead, took a deep breath and put his cover of “Faithfully” on YouTube. It was a “blind” gambit on Arnel’s part, but most fortuitously, Journey’s Neal Schon watched the “evidence”—and was sold on it.
Arnel was asked to fly to San Francisco to audition, impressed Journey’s remaining bandmates with his astutely “Xeroxed” musical performance, and was hired on the spot!