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Arnel Pineda announces slated release date of his first solo album

Arnel Pineda announces slated release date of his first solo album

BY MAUREEN MARIE BELMONTE

Twitter: @MissHappyWriter

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11/6/2015 9:35 AM
Arnel Pineda announces slated release date of his first solo album


110615-arnel_main.jpgJourney 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 show. Pero 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 established na 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,” he joked.


110615-arnel_main.jpgAlthough 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 eh. 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 race.”

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 siya. 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 na ‘Uy konti lang ang discrimination!’”

Catch Arnel and Lani In Voice of the Nightingale at The Theater at Solaire Resort and Casino on December 4 and 5.