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 is the director and producer for 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 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 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, March 2011. 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.
Charlotte directed and produced the Tuwhare Tenth Anniversary Concert presented by Toi Maori Aotearoa at the Opera House, Wellington December 2016. Her seventh studio album, Then the Stars Start Singing is being released July 28.