Platinum music band
Angel Arcaro-Rittweger, Lead Vocalist, Platinum Owner
Angel started singing professionally at the age of 15. At 16, she recorded her first original album at RCA in New York under the production of Brian Sperber (Whitney Houston). For the next 12 years, under the training of Gerry Jannsen (Irene Cara, Kevin Bacon), Angel studied voice at the Vocal Fitness Center in NY, and strengthened her natural born talent. Often referred to as the singer other singers are compared to, She performed routinely in clubs throughout the early nineties with her family band Rcaro. She was recruited as lead vocalist for the NY based all-girl original rock group, Antigone Rising (Lava Records, Atlantic Records) during the late 90s, and was winner of the Levis Talent Search. That earned the rock band a spot on the Lilith Fair tour, opening for Sarah McLachlan, a spot on the first Lilith Fair CD, a series of performances and interviews on VHI, MTV and the Today Show and a 'behind the music' documentary for VH1. This put the band on the map for much future success. During that time, Angel continued to record with writers for Cyndi Lauper, the Tuesdays, Eva Cassidy, Laura Branigan, members of Orleans and Kansas and later became the female backing vocalist for rock prodigy Annie Haslam of Rennassaince. Angel continues to study her craft while singing professionally and is currently the owner of her own entertainment agency Platinum Band Music, with her long-time partner/husband, John. As backing vocalist for Yesterdays, I feel honored to be able to share the stage with such a remarkably talented and meticulous group of musicians.
John Rittweger, Keyboardist, Platinum Owner
John began studying classical piano at the young age of 7. Since then, his life has been incredibly immersed in music. Throughout high school he performed with local bands then earned his BA and MA in Music Education from Montclair State University.
After College, John found himself in many different bands, performing at thousands of events. He was hired as a recording session musician for the first 10 years of his career.
John has worked with Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Dennis Ray (Sam Cooke show), the Crests (“Sixteen Candles”), the Drifters (“Under the Boardwalk”) and Tim Houser from Manhattan Transfer. Area performances include The Bottom Line, PNC Bank Arts enter, Club Bene’, Central Park, Keswick Theatre and performed with acts such as the Romantics and Blackfoot. Two bands that John enjoyed were a Lynyrd Skynrd tribute band and a Yes tribute band that received praise from Yes guitarist Steve Howe (who also records and performs with Annie Haslam).
You may have seen John on one of his regular weekly appearances for over 10 years on the show ‘Sound Waves’ with host guitarist-extraordinaire’ Steve Chirco. The show featured John’s & Steve’s collaboration in writing and production of original music, as well as John’s astoundingly vast knowledge of different genres and styles of music.
John has a collection of vintage keyboards, including Mini Moog, Prophet 600, Yamaha DX 7, Fender Rhodes and a Hammond Organ.
John currently has a private recording studio in his home and a 25 year private teaching career. John is co-founder and co-owner of Platinum Band Music.
Sean Pulley, Lead Vocalist-R&B/Motown/Soul
When Sean was eight years old, his grandmother had to bribe him to sing in church. Luckily, he took that bribe and hasn't stopped singing since.
Sean attended Newark's Arts High School where he studied choral music and
music theory. There he formed Base Harmony, a Doo Wop Acapella group that
was commissioned to perform in schools throughout the State. He went on to perform with Jerome Hines' Opera Music Theater International, in Whitney Houston's video "All the Man I Need", and on the soundtrack for Paul Simon's "The Capeman".
With Bass Harmony, Sean has traveled and performed with such R&B classics as the Chi-Lites, Ray Goodman and Brown, The Dell's, The Delfonics and many more.
Sean's years of performing has given him the experience to become a marketable entertainer, the talent to become a competitive entertainer and the fortitude to become a lasting entertainer.
Steve Coleman, Lead Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar
Steve Coleman is a New Jersey native who brings ten years of performance experience out each time he and his Martin guitar take stage. As front-man for Platinum, Steve performs with a gutsy rock n' roll voice that somehow manages to still be beautiful and smooth. His smile is contagious and leaves you with no doubt he is having a great time.
As lead vocalist for Platinum, Steve emulates such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Edwin McCain and Frank Sinatra with distinct likeness to the original artist.
Steve embarked on a solo career and has accomplished several albums both solo and with his original band. He submitted his recordings to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was selected to be showcased as an emerging artist.
The Daily Record (NJ) writes "The crisp vocals of Steve Coleman, the rootsy road trip inspired lyrics and the spirited rhythm grabs you magnetically".
Artlies forum writes "When you listen to [Steve] -Smoke suddenly fills the room and there is crude oil dripping down the walls. That's what his voice can do to a song". Visit Steve's website at www.stevecoleman.org.
Steve DeLuca, Drums
Steve DeLuca is the drummer for Platinum. His early years were spent begrudgingly hovering over the piano until he finally moved onto a snare drum, eventually graduating to the drum set. He was a member of his high school big band, The Muhlenberg Spoilers, and received many awards in competitions through out Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware, including The Most Outstanding Musician of the Evening at the Chesapeake Jazz Festival. He received his bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Temple University.
In the late 90s, he was a founding member of the New York-based improvisational rock quartet Wooster Sang, who released a well-received self-produced album and toured the Northeast. Steve has been a featured performer in Modern Drummer magazine, which led to him becoming a freelance writer for the publication.
Currently, in addition to Platinum, Steve can be found performing with his jazz trio which often includes his band mates Jerry Bohrer and Jay Sweet. He is also involved with music education not only with private drum students but also as the General Music/Choir Director of Maywood Avenue School in Maywood, NJ.