Charlotte Yates is a recording artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. Her first album Queen Charlotte Sounds was released in 1991. 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 March 1999. Her lyrics also feature in How You Doing an anthology of NZ comic verse. She is a regular columnist for NZ Musician and NZ Books and released her third album Dead Fish Beach in 2001.
Charlotte was the artist-in-residence at the Christchurch Arts Centre during April/May 2002 where she concentrated on songwriting and guitar performance. She has toured extensively with fellow singer/songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker. The live album of their concerts, Touring, was released 2002. Her fourth album plainsong was released in 2003.
Charlotte has been involved with several projects setting the works of New Zealand poets James K Baxter, Hone Tuwhare and Witi Ihimaera to music. She also produced the documentary, Ihimaera for Maori Television, 2011. She released her 6th album, Archipelago, co-produced with Gil Eva Craig for Universal Music in 2013.
She is currently working on material for her next release..
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