The rock band Journey needed a singer in 2008 when they wanted to release an album. Steve Augeri had left the band but to find a new singer to bring about the sound that had been the band for 30 years this could be hard. Neal Schon had been online and heard this singer from the Philippines. This guy was singing Journey songs all over You Tube. He had fans who would view the video and run up hits. Schon showed the video to other band mates Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo. It was agreed, bring him to the states for an audition. Now just because you bring someone over from the Philippines does not mean it will be a done deal.
First day this guy was way too nervous. Second Day it's a little better. Third day of auditions that was when they hired him. Arnel Pineda, a You Tube favorite had just been hired to sing for one of the best bands in the last 30 years.
Journey began around 1972 or 1973 even they can't remember when actually it all came together. The band signed on with CBS records but it didn't happen right away. In the beginning Steve Perry wasn't the singer but it is when Perry joined that the band took off. Now you have to understand that with Perry a sound was created. You didn't have to hear too many notes, but once you heard Perry you knew it was Journey. The album Escape went to number one and Journey was a hit band. For the next 30 years the band played and played and played. Even when it got stagnate for the boys and they took time off to regroup when they came back they were still Journey.
Finally Steve Perry leaves and we have Steve Augeri for the next 8 years. Augeri's voice goes and you are left with no singer. Pineda takes some singing lessons, and the sound is there. It's hard, it's real, it's JOURNEY. This guy sounds so much like Perry it is scary. This kid came from nothing. He came from poor. He came up a hard way but he has a good heart and he is real. He is not fake. He is the front man of the band Journey.
When the first concert came around he got some really bad hate mail, but after one listen when he was accepted. He will never be Steve Perry but he is Arnel Pineda.
Director Ramona S. Diaz has shown us that dreams do come true. If you can believe in yourself, with hard work you can be whatever you want to be. So sit back and close your eyes and you will be amazed. You will enjoy your youth and you will enjoy Journey once again.