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 May 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 September 2002. Her fourth album plainsong was released in May 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 May 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 May 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, August 2011. She has just released her 6th album, Archipelago, co-produced with Gil Eva Craig for Universal Music.


Photo by Mark Coote


2014 Composer, Give a Little Barnados Christmas Campaign
/14 Composer, 'E Tu Whanau' video resources
2011 Composer, BCAC Web Video
2009 - 2011 Composer, Giggles Series 1-3, TVNZ 7, Gibson Group,
2009 Round Oriental Bay
Commissioned Setting of Lauris Edmondís poem
for Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School
2005 TVC -Living in your Family
Families Commission, nationwide radio/tv campaign
2004 Song for Film - Lament for Ana
Wong Cha Cha directed by Alex Lee
2001 TV Theme Music - What Now TV
TVNZ (TV2) - theme and incidental music
2000 Soundtrack for Video/DVD - Clean As
MediaWorks for Ministry of Health
1998 -9 TVC's -The Browser/Kiwi Mail/Letterbox Channel/Divine Ice cream - The Bridge
1998 Song for dvd/live performance/cd
Stand - Parade 98 Tribute - Agenda Marketing
1997 Music for Theatre - The Love of a Nightingale
Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School graduate production
1996 Music for Theatre - Vinegar Tom - music for Caryl Churchill's text - Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School graduate production
1993 Songs for Cassette - Votes for Women
(with When the Cat's Been Spayed) - NZ Correspondence School
1992 TVC - Williams Garden World
Yeti Productions

Song Placements

2009-2010 Shortland Street - South Pacific Pictures
2009 The Gravy, Sticky Pictures
2008 Stage Challenge

2000-2007 Shortland Street - South Pacific Pictures
2004 Frontseat - Gibson Group Ltd
2001-2003 The Strip - Gibson Group Ltd
2000 Hopeless - Kahukura Productions
1999 Jackson's Wharf - South Pacific Pictures

2005 Straight Talk - dir. Tilly Flood
1999 Hopeless - dir. Stephen Parry


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