Charlotte Yates is a singer/songwriter & recording artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. She has released seven of her own solo albums, alongside extensive collaborative and compilation work. Her first album Queen Charlotte Sounds was released in 1991 and the single Red Letter was an APRA Silver Scroll finalist.
Melbourne-based from 1993 to 1996, Charlotte directed the 1993 and 1994 Melbourne Fringe Arts Festivals. She studied Contemporary Music Technology and Composition at La Trobe University, Melbourne during 1995. Recorded in Sydney, Charlotte's second album The Desire and the Contempt won the Singer-Songwriter category at the 1997 Wellington Music Awards.
Thirty of Charlotte's lyrics were collated as One Lady Driver and published in 1999. Her lyrics also feature in How You Doing an anthology of NZ comic verse and Cafe Reader, Spring 2017. She wrote a songwriting column for NZ Musician and released her third album Dead Fish Beach in 2001.
Charlotte directed and produced Baxter, a compilation CD of James K Baxter's poetry set to music by twelve NZ recording artists. Performances of Baxter featured in the NZ Festival 2000, the Taranaki & Christchurch Arts Festivals in 2001 & Hamilton's FUEL Festival, 2002.
Charlotte was the artist-in-residence at the Christchurch Arts Centre during April/May 2002 where she concentrated on songwriting and guitar performance. She toured extensively with fellow singer/songwriter, the late Mahinarangi Tocker. The live album of their concerts, Touring, was released in 2002. Her fourth solo album plainsong was released in 2003.
Charlotte was commissioned by Toi Maori Aotearoa to produce Tuwhare, a compilation CD where NZ recording artists set poetry by Hone Tuwhare to their music. Tuwhare was released in 2005. Charlotte produced and directed the subsequent concert series at the Wellington Town Hall for the 2006 NZ International Festival of the Arts and the Auckland Festival, March 2007. Her fifth solo album Beggar's Choice was released 2008.
Charlotte directed and produced Ihimaera, a cd and concert series of lyrics by Witi Ihimaera set to music by top NZ recording artists for the Auckland Arts Festival, 2011. She also produced the documentary, Ihimaera, for Maori Television, 2011. She released her sixth album, Archipelago, co-produced with Gil Eva Craig for Universal Music in 2013. Charlotte directed and produced the Tuwhare Tenth Anniversary Concert presented by Toi Maori Aotearoa at the Opera House, Wellington, December 2016.
Charlotte launched her songwriting coaching service, songdoctor.co.nz, in June 2016. Her seventh studio album, Then the Stars Start Singing, was released July 2017, again co-produced with Gil Eva Craig. In December 2017, Charlotte was a finalist in the Arts Category of the Wellingtonian of the Year Awards. She will be performing as part of the Auckland Arts Festival's concerts, Love Me As I Am in March 2018.