Arnel Pineda, Rascal Flatts close CMT awards


Posted at Jun 09 2012 04:50 PM | Updated as of Jun 11 2012 03:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino pride and Journey lead vocalist Arnel Pineda joined American country band Rascal Flatts in closing an annual country music awards program in the United States.

Arnel Pineda (left) with Journey and Rascal Flatts. Photo courtesy of

Pineda, along with Journey's original bassist Ross Valory and original guitarist/vocalist Neal Schon, on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) joined Rascal Flatts in a medley of the bands' respective hits for the closing performance of the 2012 Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards.

Rascal Flatts first took the stage at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, singing their hit "Banjo." They were joined shortly by Pineda and Journey, performing the band's biggest hit "Don't Stop Believin'."

Pineda, who was born and raised in Manila, joined Journey as its lead vocalist in 2007, after members of the long-running rock band found videos of the Pinoy pride singing their hits on video-sharing site YouTube.

Pineda, who replaced Journey's original vocalist Steve Perry, has since gone on tour with the band, and was recently made the subject of a film chronicling his rise to fame.