Yolanda Charles

Yolanda is appearing in association with Fender.


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 1990s.

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 Daltry, Van Morrison, Mick Jagger and recording for Michael Jackson with Jermaine Jackson. Work from 2010 onwards included performing live with Anastasia, Lulu, Heather Small, Natasha Bedingfield, Sinead O’Conner, Daryl Hall, Musical Director for Dave Stewart’s London appearances, in the Live TV housebands for shows featuring Ricky Wilson and Bradley Walsh.

Yolanda’s more recent sessions included performing with composer Hans Zimmer beginning with the London concerts in 2014, a European tour in 2016 and a 5 month world tour in 2017. 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” and toured with them in the UK and US through 2017/18/19

Yolanda hosts well-reputed jam sessions in Soho at the Spice of Life in London aimed at creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere for musicians; allowing both graduates and professionals to network and experience the playing styles of all contributors.

Yolanda has joined Sting’s live band performing throughout the year for Las Vegas residencies and a European tour. 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 and Fender Amplification.