Taratogs: Arnel Pineda launches music community

Taratogs - Arnel Pineda
Founders - Taratogs - Arnel Pineda

Cherry & Arnel Pineda, Jaeger Tanco, Maricar, Danela

A regular guy on the streets, but a musician in the sheets? Don’t hide it! Share the talent you’ve got. Taratogs is a community of music junkies joined together by the relentless passion for sound. Whether you’re someone who makes sounds or someone who listens, for as long as you have the heart for music, you are welcome to join. We encourage musicians – independent or signed – to share their craft and engage other members of this community to talk about the art of tunes and encourage others to create, too. By creating this online space, our mission is to keep music and OPM alive. Tara, tugtog!

If you are a musician, songwriter, music lover, poet, cover band, music critic, indie band, professional recording artist, OPM artist, be a part of our community!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taratogs/
Twitter: @tara_togs
Instagram: @tara_togs

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Journey singer Arnel Pineda signs with Imagen Records

Sounds Of Christmas - Arnel Pineda

There is no denying the exceptional vocal talents of Arnel Pineda, as evidenced with his long-time work with one of rock’s most enduring acts, Journey. Arnel also recently signed a multi-record deal with Imagen Records, which will be issuing the much-anticipated album in 2016. “I am very proud and excited to have such a worldwide sensation as Arnel added to our lineup at Imagen Records,” says president Bob Winegard.

Soon, Arnel will be entering a new stylistic realm, with the release of the ‘Sounds of Christmas’ EP, which will be available for pre-order (digital only) on 12/11 and a street date (again, digital only) on 12/18. Ordering info can be found here: http://apple.co/1NPtUkp

The release is comprised of four tracks (“This Christmas,” “Christmas Day,” “Christmas Time,” and “Jingle Bells”), with the lead single being “This Christmas” – available to streaming partners on 12/11. The tune is currently being serviced to Holiday & Hot AC Commercial Radio and featured on Retail Radio for the month of December (resulting in being heard in over 8,000 stores nation wide). Additionally, Arnel is the “featured artist” and highlighted Holiday single on All Access. As a member of Journey, Pineda has appeared on a pair of studio recordings, 2008’s ‘Revelation’ and 2011’s ‘Eclipse,’ as well as a concert DVD, 2009’s ‘Live in Manilla.’

Arnel also offered the following message – “I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to sign with Imagen Records for my solo projects such as my new Christmas record out now, and my full length solo album coming out next in 2016, and of course, be able to work with such amazing crew and management of Imagen Records. To all the Journey fans, thank you for all your love and support to me and our whole band, looking forward to Journey’s tour next year. Grateful to have all the people around me including Sanre Entertainment, its CEO Rene Walter, and my social media followers and likers, for their continued support, loyalty and love for my God-given talent. God bless everyone.”

Soon, fans of Arnel’s will be able to hear the wide-range of his vocal abilities – in the holiday spirit!

‘Sounds of Christmas’ Track listing:

1. This Christmas
2. Christmas Day
3. Christmas Time
4. Jingle Bells

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Win a signed copy of AP.ex

Arnel, Donna & Lani

Here’s your chance to own a autographed copy of Arnel Pineda’s new Extended Play CD, AP.ex! Meanwhile, anyone who joins the contest will be helping Arnel Pineda Foundation Inc.’s street kids!

Donna obtained a copy and had it personally signed by Arnel. Now, Donna is offering it to one randomly-selected APFI donor. It’s easy to enter:

  1. Donate at least $10 (or equivalent, in other currencies) to APFI HERE. Every $10 donated equals one entry. For example, if you donate $20, your name will be entered twice.
  2. Forward the notification email from Paypal to donna-email

Deadline is Sunday, June 7, 2015 at midnight ET. Good luck, and thank you Donna and donors!

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Contest: Say What? Part 2

In keeping with the holiday spirit, APR offers yet another contest for a chance to win a signed DVD movie! Join the fun and send as many entries as you wish, for more chances to win!

Using the photo of Arnel, bassist Ross Valory and drummer Deen Castronovo, post in the comments section any of the following:

  • Caption
  • Speech- and/or thought-bubble text on any or all of the guys. Make sure you indicate who said what.

Contest ends: Tues., Dec. 16th – Midnight ET
Prize: Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey DVD signed by Arnel Pineda

DVDAP’s brother, Erik Pineda has kindly agreed to judge the contest. Entrant names will NOT be disclosed to him until after he has selected the winner. The contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world,  and is transferrable. Wishing everyone a blessed holiday season, and our gratitude to all APR members for all you do for Arnel and his website. Thanks to APR’s Toni, who took the photo before the show at Denver’s Pepsi Center, July this year. See previous caption contest

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Arnel Pineda at Paskong Pinoy Fiesta – 12.07.14

Arnel Pineda will be performing at the Pinoy Paskong Fiesta (Filipino Christmas Festival) in Hong Kong on December 7th. Along with Arnel are singer/actor Paulo Avelino and comedian Pooh. Save the date and join us to celebrate the holidays!

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Journey / Steve Miller Band in Top 20 Concert Tours

Journey, SMB & TOP Group Pic - 2014

In the final week of Journey’s 2014 tour, maintained its placement among the top: holding number 11 in ticket sales. According to the trade publication Pollstar, Journey earned more than $725,000 with an average ticket price of about $57 the week ending September 12th. Incidentally, the same week introduced the only other act formed in the same era: Steely Dan. A month earlier, Journey ranked 8th in weekly sales, after a previous week’s honor of Top 7th concert act. Way to go, Journey!

The list ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America.

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Pineda’s “blind” gambit pays off

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!

Read more: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/153007/more-democratic-ways-to-get-discovered#ixzz3Dt60W0Ix

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Orianthi feat. Arnel Pineda – Livin’ on a Prayer

Arnel Pineda joined Orianthi on stage at Chef & Brewer in Ortigas City, Philippines – one of three stops for the guitarist’s Every Road PR Tour. They sang “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “Livin’ On A Prayer”.


Thanks to Janina

Full concert:

Thanks to Coleen

Enjoy the unique experience of seeing Orianthi perform live! For reservations & VIP package, please call the numbers provided:
August 25 | 9:00p | 19 East (Sucat): (02) 837-6903; 0949 498 4405
August 27 | 9:00p | Hard Rock Cafe (Makati): (02) 893 4661 to 65




Photos © Ferdie Arquero for Orianthi & Sanre Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Click on photos to enlarge. Thank you, Ms. Laura Sanchez and Ferdie Arquero!

Arnel Pineda & Orianthi © Ferdie Arquero for Orianthi & Sanre Entertainment

Arnel Pineda & Orianthi © Ferdie Arquero for Orianthi & Sanre Entertainment

Arnel Pineda & Orianthi © Ferdie Arquero for Orianthi & Sanre Entertainment

Arnel Pineda & Orianthi © Ferdie Arquero for Orianthi & Sanre Entertainment

Laura Sanchez & Arnel Pineda © Ferdie Arquero for Orianthi & Sanre Entertainment

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PBS TV Schedule – Journey 2014: Don’t Stop Believin’

The new PBS special “Journey 2014: Don’t Stop Believin'” will be featured this month to support local public television. The show presents excerpts of the documentary “Don’t Stop Believin”: Everyman’s Journey” and concert footage from “Live in Manila”. PBS will also offer Journey tour tickets, CDs and DVDs. Please check your local listings for more information.

San Diego/KPBS
 – March 3 @ 10 pm
Cincinnati/CET – 
March 3 @ 8 pm
Scranton, PA/WVIA
 – March 4 @ 8 pm
Denver/Rocky Mountain PBS – 
March 4 @ 7 pm
 – March 4 @ 9:30 pm
 – March 5 @ 7:30 pm
North Carolina/UNC-TV – March 5 @ 9:30 pm
Boston/WGBH 2
 – March 5 @ 10:30 pm
San Antonio/KLRN
 & Kansas City/KCPT
 – March 6 @ 8:30 pm
Salt Lake City/KUED
 – March 8 @ 8:30 pm
 – March 10 @ 7 pm
Alabama PBS
 – March 10 @ 8:30 pm
 – March 11 @ 9 pm
Virginia Beach/WHRO – 
March 13 @ 8 pm
Detroit PTV – 
March 15 @ 9:30 pm
Dallas/KERA – 
March 23 @ 8:30 pm

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Arnel Pineda Joins Other Artists in a Song of Gratitude

Within days of typhoon Yolanda’s landfall, aid from all over the world arrived for the victims of Yolanda. Donations and pledges from more than 50 countries started pouring in. As distraught victims sought refuge, the world reached out and offered help in the form of relief goods, rescue and medical assistance.

Three months have passed since typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc; Filipinos are slowly rebuilding and winning against a seemingly insurmountable adversity. It is time to show the world their heartfelt gratitude in song.

“Listen With Your Heart” is a collaboration of Filipino artists and features some of the most renowned in the international music scene. Lea Salonga, Lani Misalucha, Arnel Pineda and Billy Crawford dedicated their time and talent in the production for a cause. Joining them are talents from Star Records: Jaimie Rivera, Angeline Quinto, Yeng Constantino, Juris Fernandez, Bugoy Drilon, Liezel Garcia, Jovit Baldivino, KZ Tandingan, Marion Aunor and Wynn Andrada.

Song Credits

Producer: ABS-CBN’s Creative Communications Management Division
Lyrics: Christine Daria-Estabillo
Music: Marcus Davis Jr.
Video Director: by Paolo Ramos.

Creative and Production Team: Johnny delos Santos, Roxy Liquigan, Jonathan Manalo, Danie Sedilla-Cruz, Mark Raywin Tome, Edsel Misenas, Jaime Porca, Jojo Medrano, Danica Rueda, Emil Rae Hembra, Alfie Landayan and Andrew Go.

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