Dead Fish Beach
Charlotte Yates is a recording artist based in Wellington, New Zealand where she has released four albums of her own material on Jayrem Records. 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. In 1996, she returned to Wellington, where she was musical director/composer for Vinegar Tom and The Love of The Nightingale, NZ Drama School productions. 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. Charlotte released her fourth album plainsong in May 2003. In June, she joined the NZ Music Commission's Musician Mentoring in Schools Programme. 2003 also saw Charlotte commissioned to write her first short story Day Job and the theme song Lament for Ana for director Alex Lee's new short film Wong Cha Cha released 2004. 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.