Journey frontman Arnel Pineda is all set to release his first solo album which is slated to be released March of next year.
During the press conference of the upcoming concert of Lani Misalucha titled Voice of the Nightingale at The Theater at Solaire Resort and Casino on December 4 and 5 where he is a guest, Arnel shared that he would first be releasing a mini-Christmas album.
The Christmas album would have four tracks with one cover while the full-length album, according to him, would have 10 all original tracks. Although he doesn’t have any collaborations on his upcoming album, Arnel said that he’s looking into working with other talents by next year.
“Hopefully sana yakapin ito ng ating mga kababayan
,” he said of his album.
Will he be open to having his own concert anytime soon?“Tignan natin kapag swertehin. Kung ang aking ginagawang
album eh merong lumusot na maging
popular siya sa masa eh siguro baka mag
-attempt ako ng malaking
for now wala akong lakas ng loob eh
,” he confessed.
The rock singer feels that he still doesn’t have any guarantee that he would make it big in the business despite his eight-year stint with the famed American group.
“Ah sa Journey iba naman naman ‘yun eh.
Sila kasi ano eh
American at tsaka
legendary band sila.
So mas madaling mag-concert na
20,000 capacity na ano. Pero sakin
I don’t think [ganon rin]. Baka kung
magsho-show ako mag
20,000 dito baka mga
20,000 na langaw rin ang pumunta,”
Although he remains uncertain whether he would have a strong following in the country, Arnel debunked popular belief that the local audience are harder to please compared to the foreigners.
Speaking of foreigners, despite being part of a group as popular as Journey, he opened up that there are moments when he still comes face-to-face with people who discriminate against him.
“Hindi naman nawawala ‘yan e
h. Kasi hindi lang naman sa
America nagkakaroon ng
discrimination. Dito rin sa atin sa Pilipinas mga kapwa natin Pilipino dini
-discriminate din tayo
,” he said. “Alam mo
discrimination is a disease. Hindi siya
branded lang sa
or nakakatatak lang sa isang
Instead of getting affected by their criticisms, Arnel opts to focus on those who believe that he’s going a great job as the band’s vocalist.
“Kasi makakasira lang ‘yan sa
job ko eh.
I don’t let it get to my head kasi nga naka
-focus ako sa
performance ko kasi nga
every show na ginagawa namin ang lalaki eh
. So kung kakabahan ako at kung iintindihin ko ang mga mumura sa akin sa harapan, hindi ko magagawa ang
job ko na ipinasok sa akin
,” he said.
He continued, “Pero ngayon wala naman siy
a. We’ve been to Europe, Canada, America, South America. Compared sa mga
nag-discriminate sa akin sa mga yumakap sa akin bilang
part ng Journey, I can say 1.5% lang ang mga galit. Kasi
unless hindi kami makakaranas ng mga halos
95% sold out show year after year after year. Doon mo mababase n
a ‘Uy konti lang ang
Catch Arnel and Lani In Voice of the Nightingale at The Theater at Solaire Resort and Casino on December 4 and 5.