Arnel Pineda pays tribute to COVID-19 frontliners with new song

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) – American rock band Journey frontman Arnel Pineda has released a new single “Your Soldiers” as a salute to COVID-19 frontliners in the country.

In an interview with CNN Philippines’ Rico Hizon, Pineda said he thought of writing the song after seeing on television the sacrifices of the frontliners to contain the spread of the virus.

“I’ve been seeing all these nurses, doctors, and people with motorcycles doing their job. I said to myself they are all impressive and do not fear the virus,” said Pineda.

The Journey lead vocalist emphasized this is his way of giving back to the Philippine music industry and the less fortunate who suffered much in this pandemic.

Pineda also sympathized with jeepney drivers who lost their jobs during the quarantine period.

“I really feel for them especially the jeepney drivers who cannot return to their livelihood. They have not been given the chance to resume their work, which they need so that they can feed their families,” Pineda said.

The Journey frontman hopes his song will inspire others to also help the frontliners to finally end the pandemic in the country.

Pineda also thanked ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo for noticing his composition and eventually producing it into a song.

Pineda, together with his Journey bandmates, recently performed in UNICEF’s “Won’t Stop” COVID-19 benefit show.