Arnel Pineda and the rest of the members of the rock band “Journey” graced the Oprah Winfrey Show to promote their latest album, “Revelation” and the new “Journey in Manila DVD.” But Oprah is interested to know how they discovered their new frontmant which came from thousand of miles away.
Journey’s guitarist Neal Schon narrates that he found this video in YouTube featuring Arnel performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manila. Arnel was singing the Journey song “Faithfully” and he could not believe the amazing vocal prowess of the Filipino singer.
Neal contacted his co-members Jonathan Cain (keyboard), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Ross Valory (bass) who were equally impressed with Arnel. He told them: “The guy got great pipes, does he speak English?”
Valory said he had GS or “goosebumps surplus” when he first heard Arnel sing.
Castronovo said: “It was frightening just to hear that voice come out from that little guy. We couldn’t believe it. It’s just so strong. And the best part about it was just how humble the man was, how humble human being, beautiful heart.”
Oprah describes the discovery of Arnel “a divine order that show so boldly.” The influential host asked Arnel if he ever even dreamed this.
Arnel said he never dreamed that an amazing thing like this could happen and he is overwhelmed that he is being interviewed by Oprah.
“I’m facing you (Winfrey) right now. You are [one of the] biggest [names] in show business and I’m facing you. It’s like… I’m not allowed to be here but I’m here. And I thank God for that,” he said.
“I’ve seen enough pain and poverty in the Philippines. I’ve never been that big. All I wanted was to be able to get out of it — the pain and the poverty – and live decently everyday,” he added.
Because Arnel’s success story inspired many people around the world, it was reported that his life story will be made into a biopic titled “Don’t Stop Believing: Every Man’s Journey.”
Journey performed “Faithfully”, the song he was singing when he was discovered in YouTube, and Oprah together with her studio audience were all blown away.
VIDEO LINK: Arnel Pineda on the Oprah Winfrey Show