UK Bassist Yolanda Charles started her career in the music business playing for Jimmy Sommerville from The Communards and within London bands Raw Stylus and Urban Species in the 1990’s.
A career as a session bassist followed working with artists such as: Paul Weller, Marcella Detroit, Pops Mohammed, Alison Moyet, Desert Eagle Discs, Gabrielle, Robbie Williams, BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, Mick Jagger and recording for Michael Jackson with Jermaine Jackson producing. Work from 2010 onwards included performing live with Anastasia, Lulu, Heather Small, Natasha Bedingfield, Sinead O’Connor, Daryl Hall, Musical Director for Dave Stewart’s London appearances, and in TV housebands for shows hosted by Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs) & Nicole Scherzinger (Pussy Cat Dolls).
Yolanda’s more recent work includes performing with composer Hans Zimmer beginning with London concerts in 2014 then European & world tours in following years. She has also worked on various film soundtracks including “A Knight’s Tale” “Alfie” “Home” “War on Everyone” & “Boss Baby’. In 2018 Yolanda broadened her scope of work accepting engagements with Laura Mvula, Mercury Award nominee Eska, Pianist Tomasz Bura’s Jazz Fusion quartet and as part of the Brian Jackson trio UK Band (Gil Scott-Heron co- writer).
2017 she also recorded the latest album with British band Squeeze, “The Knowledge” touring in the UK and US throughout 2017 – 2019
Yolanda has joined Sting’s live band with tour dates planned for 2021. She is also writing for new creative projects featuring compositions destined for an eclectic album with her band PROJECT PH.
Her equipment and instruments of choice are: Fender Bass American Pro, Elite Jazz & ULTRA basses, Fender Amplification, D’Addario Strings NYXL 130-45