Arnel Pineda

Filipino singer-songwriter

Arnel Pineda
Arnel Pineda

Arnel Campaner Pineda, better known as Arnel Pineda, is a Filipino singer and composer. In the 1980s and globally in 2007, he rose to prominence as the lead singer of the American rock band Journey.

Education, Family, and Early Life

Arnel Pineda was born in St. Jude Thaddeus Diagnostic Clinic on September 5, 1967, in Tondo, Manila, to Restituto Lising Pineda and Josefina Manansala Campaner. His mother instilled a passion for singing in him at a young age, prompting him to sing.

Because they were more than six months late on their apartment rent and unable to fully provide for the family, Pineda’s father chose to move out and ask relatives to take in Pineda’s siblings.

Eventually, Pineda dropped out of school and started working to help his father out financially.


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How did he start his career?

Pineda, then 15, took over as the main singer of the Filipino band Ijos in 1982. Amo was formed in 1986 by several Ijos members. Amo competed in and won the Philippines’ Rock Wars tournament. In 1988, Amo competed and won the Philippines leg of the Yamaha World Band Explosion.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Moreover, Amo’s winning song in the Philippines was “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. In 1989, they opened for Robert Palmer in Manila. In 1990, Pineda and other Amo members formed another band named Intensity Five and competed in the Yamaha World Band Explosion again. However, Pineda was chosen Best Vocalist, while the band came in second place.

After that, Amo’s only album released in 1990 named Ang Tunay na Amo (“The Real Master”) on BMG records delivered one renowned radio hit called “Running Away”.

During one of those gigs in 1991, a talent agent spotted Pineda and New Age and encouraged them to travel to Hong Kong to perform at Grammy’s, a well-known entertainment venue.

Later in 1998, the owner of Igor’s, a Hong Kong horror-themed restaurant/nightclub, invited New Age to perform. Pineda caught Warner Bros. Records’ interest in 1999, and he returned to the Philippines on his days off to record a solo album, Arnel Pineda.

Looking Glass

Throughout the recording of his CD and for several years afterward, he continued to perform with New Age. Pineda performed “Looking Glass” with the Filipino band South Border on their 2001 CD The Way We Do.

Earlier that year, Pineda founded a new band, 9mm, and performed at some of the city’s most prestigious establishments, including the Hard Rock Cafe in Makati. In 2002, the band performed for three months at The Edge in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong.

The Zoo

In 2005, Pineda recorded the theme song for the brief-lived Filipino radio show Dayo. They established The Zoo with Emil Bondoc on bass, Edgar Mendoza on keyboards, and Mckoy Alcantara on drums.

Moreover, they joined Sundance Entertainment Corporation, de Leon’s organization, in 2006. MCA In September 2007, Universal released The Zoo’s debut album, Zoology, which featured 12 original songs and one cover song.

Later on August 12, Pineda and his manager, Bert de Leon, traveled to Marin County, just north of San Francisco, for a week of auditions. The star-struck Pineda was treated warmly but he called the audition “nerve-wracking, apprehensive”.


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Later on December 5, 2007, Pineda was announced as Journey’s new lead singer.

Pineda made his debut as Journey’s lead singer on February 21, 2008, at the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater in Via del Mar, Chile, at the Via del Mar International Song Festival. Journey returned to the United States on March 6, 2008, followed by a concert at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on March 8, 2008.

Journey’s first album with Pineda, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts the week after its release and remained in the Top 20 for six weeks.

Pineda also appeared in 57 shows on the Journey World Tour in 2008. Journey’s recent tour of the United States Gulf Coast, when they performed at the Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, Alabama, and the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida, was a big success due to the presence of major Filipino communities.

Arnel Pineda, a rock star, starred in the documentary film released in 2013. Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey is a documentary on the man himself.

Later, Arnel Pineda was named the subject of a forthcoming biopic in 2018.

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Arnel Pineda | Body Measurements

Arnel Pineda is a Filipino singer-songwriter who is 1.63 meters tall. He is 70 kg in weight.

Arnel Pineda | Net Worth

As of January 2023, Arnel Pineda’s net worth is expected to be $20 million.


The musician owns a residence in Manila.

This boxy-shaped waterfront house is tastefully designed and well-appointed. A swimming pool, bedrooms with lake views, a hot tub, and a patio are all part of the property.

Moreover, a rock star, for example, owns a residence in the United States.


According to rumors, the signer has a diverse set of wheels. The first vehicle in the collection is a Land Rover Range Rover. It is a high-end SUV that starts at $92,000. It is significantly more expensive in the Philippines due to all of the government taxes.

He also has a Dodge Challenger SRT in his collection. This vehicle is priced at $59,570. Pineda owns a Mercedes Benz as well as a Hyundai Starex.

Arnel Pineda | Social Media

Instagram: 68.9K Followers

Twitter: 1.7M Followers

Facebook: 209K Followers

YouTube: 134K Subscribers

Arnel Pineda | Personal Life and Relationship

In 2001, Pineda married Cherry Pineda. Cherub is their son, and their daughter, Thea Chenelle Pineda, was born on June 15, 2012. Pineda has two older brothers, Matthew and Angelo.


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How old are you, Arnel Pineda?

Arnel Pineda is 55 years old and was born on September 5, 1967.

What is Arnel Pineda’s height?

Arnel Pineda stands 1.63 meters tall (5 feet 4 inches).

How old are you, Arnel Pineda?

Arnel Pineda was born on September 5, 1967. Arnel Pineda is 54 years old.

Quick Facts

  • Birth/Full Name: Arnel Campaner Pineda
  • Celebrated Name: Ben Pineda
  • Net Worth: $20 million
  • Profession: Songwriter, Singer
  • Gender: Male
  • Birth Date: September 5th, 1967
  • Birth Place: Tondo, Manila, Philippines
  • Father’s Name: Restituto Lising Pineda
  • Mother’s Name: Josefina Manansala Campaner
  • Siblings: Roderick Pineda, Joselito Pineda, Russmon Pineda
  • Zodiac Sign: Virgo
  • Nationality: Philippine
  • Ethnicity: Asian
  • Religion: Christian
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Age: 55 years old
  • Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg)
  • Height: 5 ft. 4 inches
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Tattoo: Left lower arm Left upper arm Right lower arm Right upper arm tattoo
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Spouse: Cherry Pineda
  • Children: Cherub, Matthew, Angelo & Thea

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