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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Journey and The Doobie Brothers Set 2016 Tour

Journey & Doobie Brothers Tour 2016

JOURNEY and THE DOOBIE BROTHERS will launch the “SAN FRANCISCO FEST 2016” tour on Thursday, May 12, 2016, again bringing together two of the iconic groups that helped define the “San Francisco Sound.” The tour, produced by Live Nation, launches at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California – with concerts scheduled through Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and includes special guest DAVE MASON. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM through LiveNation.com. A full listing of tour dates can be found below.

Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), original member Ross Valory (bass), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), are welcoming virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into JOURNEY, marking the first time he will perform with the band since 1998. Schon and Smith have always remained close friends and musical collaborators. Smith has lent his incredible talent to several of Schon’s solo albums, including critically acclaimed The Calling, and, most recently, Vortex.

Schon was thrilled when Smith accepted his invitation to rejoin JOURNEY, exclaiming, “I’m so looking forward to the very exciting 2016 we have planned, starting with my ‘Neal Vortex Schon’ Japan tour in February and then our major summer tour with The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason. We will see you All soon!!!!”

The Doobie Brothers | pic ©doobiebros.com

The Doobie Brothers | pic ©doobiebros.com

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS‘ Tom Johnston (founding member, vocals/guitar), Patrick Simmons (founding member, vocals/guitar), and longtime member John McFee (guitars/strings/vocals) are adding Little Feat co-founder, Bill Payne, to their band on the 2016 tour. Payne performed on many of THE DOOBIE BROTHERS studio albums as well as on the road; a relationship the band is looking forward to rekindling.

“It’s gonna be a great summer for fans of Bay Area music, and for guys like us who have the pleasure of teaming up with our good friends from Journey and the Dave Mason Band,” said Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers. “We look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically. It is going to be a powerful tour. We can’t wait to share it with the fans!”

JOURNEY VIP Packages and THE DOOBIE BROTHERS VIP Packages will both be available through VIP Nation. For more information, visit http://journeymusic.com and http://doobiebros.com.

JOURNEY is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, with iconic hits such as “Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” “Faithfully,” “Lights,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Stone In Love,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Open Arms,” “Separate Ways,” “Only the Young,” “Be Good to Yourself,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history. Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, JOURNEY has sold 80 million albums worldwide, earning 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums since. VH1 named the group one of the top 100 artists of all time. The Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified holders. In 2007, Neal Schon discovered Arnel Pineda on YouTube and succeeded in making Pineda the new lead singer. Two albums and three major tours later, JOURNEY has toured four continents and performed for nearly three million fans, earning the group Billboard’s prestigious “Legend of Live Award.” They received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and VH1 has named the group one of the top 100 artists of all time.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY® Awards. They released their latest album, Southbound, in November 2014 on Arista Nashville. Southbound features new recordings of the band’s biggest hits, with country music’s biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new material and tour the world. Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include: “Listen to the Music,” “China Grove,” “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “Take Me In Your Arms,” Takin’ it to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 Gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold more than 12 million copies – a rare “diamond record.”

Dave Mason with Jimi Hendrix, 1968 | Pic  ©davemasonmusic.com

Dave Mason with Jimi Hendrix, 1968 | Pic ©davemasonmusic.com

Legendary rocker DAVE MASON has an illustrious career spanning nearly 50 years, encompassing producing, performing, and songwriting. Best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and continues performing as a solo artist with sold out shows all over the world. Over his career he has penned over 100 songs and hit singles including “Feelin’ Alright,” “We Just Disagree,” “Only You Know and I Know,” among others. Mason is a true classic rocker who has collaborated with numerous members of rock and roll elite, including George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and many more. When Dave is not touring he continues writing and producing new music in his home studio, as well as tirelessly supporting philanthropic causes near to his heart: Work Vessels for Vets, Yoga Blue, Michael Bolton Charities, and Kid’s Rock.

For more information, visit journeymusic.com, doobiebros.com and davemasonmusic.com.


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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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The Peculiar Journey of Arnel Pineda

August 7, 2014
Written by Mr. Kevin McLaughlin

If Arnel Pineda had been tapped to be the new lead singer for Bon Jovi the story would have been called “Living on a Prayer”. If the band that chose him to replace their front man were Aerosmith the headlines would have blared, “Dream On”. But, since it was Neil Schon who reached out to the once homeless Pineda to replace Steve Perry in the band Journey, the documentary that chronicled his unlikely rise to front one of the most successful bands of the 1980’s was aptly titled Don’t Stop Believin’.

It was very easy for Pineda to stop thinking he would ever make it big in music. Though he had some success in the Philippines and Hong Kong during the 1980’s, it wasn’t until 2007 when Pineda outlasted many others in a nerve-wracking tryout to become Journey’s new lead singer. While many remember Journey for their early 1980’s hits Open Arms, Faithfully, Any Way You Want It and of course, Don’t Stop Believin’ the band would hit a number of snags following the release of their album Frontiers in 1983. The band would go through numerous lineup changes until fully reuniting for the album Trial by Fire in 1996 but for all intents and purposes the band that had catapulted worldwide fame in 1982 was only a memory.


After several unsuccessful attempts to find a dedicated front man, Schon would come across clips of Pineda on YouTube and placed a call to the stunned singer who almost hung up thinking it was a prank. It’s a good thing Pineda stayed on the line because the call was real and would lead to Pineda flying out to Northern California to audition and on December 5, 2007 he was officially announced as Journey’s new lead singer.

It was a long climb for Pineda who had to endure the death of his mother at age 13, his father moving out being unable to pay the rent and leaving his children with relatives and Pineda’s decision to leave ‘home’, quit school and try to make it on his own. Homeless and scrounging for what meager pay he could, Pineda would find solace in music and the fact that he had an incredible singing voice.

I normally check those male models from major fashion magazines and the front men of the most popular rock bands in the world and get their style, and I apply it to myself and mix a little of my own in.


This skill did not go unnoticed as Pineda joined several different groups over the years, winning singing and group contests in the Philippines including the Yamaha World Band Explosion, being in a band that opened for Robert Palmer in Manila in 1989 and releasing a self-titled solo album in 1999.

But it was the call from Schon that would change everything and since landing the gig with Journey, Pineda has been on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the top.

Reaching the singer and his stylist, Ulysses ‘Yul’ Session, while on tour, we got the chance to find out what this opportunity has meant to him and how his style on stage has played an important role in his career.

American Hall of Fame Football player Jerry Rice was quoted as saying if he “didn’t look good, he didn’t play well”. Do you agree with that from a singer’s perspective, that how you look can affect the way you perform?

Mr. Pineda: Most of the time, yes, it’s definitely mental and being conscious of how you look and how it affects your performance. It can be a bit of a distraction somehow, vanity, I guess. Most of the time I don’t have that type of character but on stage it’s a different experience.

Mr. Session: The whole look is important. It gives Arnel more confidence when he looks great. I feel like I’m doing my job when he looks his best onstage.

Is there a difference between Arnel Pineda’s stage style and the off-stage man’s look?

Mr. Pineda: It’s a very big difference on stage, I try to be as well dressed as possible and offstage I’m just an ordinary dressed guy.

Mr. Session: Arnel’s off-stage style is more casual with more colors. He wants to be comfortable when lounging in his off time. His onstage look is a more polished rock star look. Arnel has great body proportions even though he is small framed. He looks best in fitted clothing and well-tailored pieces.


Who, if anyone, has influenced your style?

Mr. Pineda: I normally check those male models from major fashion magazines and of course the front men of the most popular rock bands in the world and get their style and I apply it to myself and mix a little of my own in.

Mr. Session: My personal style icons are Brad Pitt in his movie star look, George Clooney, Tom Ford, old days Paul Newman. I like classic old school menswear.

Can you tell us your thoughts on a few designers we see you wearing: Yves St. Laurent, Burberry and Alexander McQueen?

Mr. Pineda: All I can say is, these brands, YSL, Burberry and Alexander McQueen, their style is eternal. You will never go wrong as long as you wear them. Timeless. I love to wear the high-end designers mixed with street wear. The fabrics and quality of tailoring are top notch.

Mr. Session: The high-end designers have impeccable taste and the cut with the amazing fabric makes for a great look. Burberry has amazing leathers along with St. Laurent with the rock edge to their designs. John Varvatos has the rock star edgy look down pat. McQueen are masterpiece designs. We love to include as many as possible. I love to use local designers for one of a kind statement pieces as well.

Mr. Yul Session, Arnel Pineda’s Road Manager and Stylist.

Somehow I’m quite settled to be remembered as the singer who can cook, farm, raise a family and, well, rock n’ roll like there’s no tomorrow.

Does the venue and location have any effect on the style you choose for a particular show, say playing in Japan vs a show in Europe?

Mr. Pineda: Yes, of course. Japan and Europe, they are both challenging because people there are so into fashion and I’m learning a lot as I go on.

Mr. Session: Japan allows for a more creative look on stage vs the USA where we try to stay more classic mainstream. Different weather in the areas needs to be factored in too. Arnel is from Philippines and doesn’t respond well to cold weather. We allow for layers so as he performs and has warmed up we can peel off the layers.

Yul seems to play an important role when it comes to you style. Can you tell us about how you guys came to work together?

Mr. Pineda: A common friend introduced Yul to me as an assistant. And to my surprise, he’s into fashion and he is quite hardcore, so since he’s my PA, he became one of my voices when it comes to how I would look up on that big stage. We are still a work in progress, which is a healthy thing.


Photo credits: The Click Studio Photography, Christophe Ochal – CC, Sean Molin – CC.

Describe your reaction when Neil Schon first called and asked if you would be interested in auditioning for the job?

Mr. Pineda: I thought he was crazy, until now. But I still think it’s crazy in every way.

Many front men for bands have had lasting legacies, and a lot has had to do with their personal style (Mick Jagger, David Lee Roth, Steve Tyler, etc). What would say is Arnel Pineda’s style and how do you want to be remembered?

Mr. Pineda: I’m just a messenger. I’m very glad and I’m very grateful that I was chosen to be the one to get the chance to do it. Look, no matter what I do up there with the rest of the boys, it will always be the legacy of Mr. Perry (Steve Perry) and Journey. They will always hear him and I’m perfectly fine with that. And somehow I’m quite settled to be more remembered as the singer who can cook, farm, raise a family and, well, rock n’ roll like there’s no tomorrow.

If it all ended tomorrow (being the lead singer for Journey), would you have any regrets and what would you do next?

Mr. Pineda: No regrets at all. The memories I’ve made with the big boys I will definitely cherish and will be framed and have a special place on my family’s house walls. And then I’ve got hundreds of ways to reinvent myself plus the permanent things I need to manage after Journey, most importantly my family.

If you could duet with any singer, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Mr. Pineda: There’s so many… Jim Morrisson, John Farnham, Bono, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ann Wilson, Brian Johnson, Steve Perry, Steven Tyler, Robert Plant, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Don Henley, Karen Carpenter… gosh, there’s just too many great singers out there. It will be completely and totally magical event if it was to ever happen.

Arnel Pineda’s website. Journey’s website.

Special thanks to World Wide Exposure, Inc

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