Yolanda Charles

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. She began playing at 15 and played soul, funk & reggae in those early bands. Becoming a session player occurred through invitations to work with various artists after being seen live. Artists include: Paul Weller, Marcella Detroit, Pops Mohammed, Alison Moyet, Desert Eagle Discs, Gabrielle, Robbie Williams, BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, recording bass for Michael Jackson session with Jermaine Jackson. Also working with Mick Jagger on the Alfie film soundtrack and performing in Japan with one of Japan’s biggest domestic stars, Utada Hikaru. Recent session work includes performing live with Anastasia, Lulu, Heather Small, Natasha Bedingfield, Sinead O’Connor, Daryl Hall and Dave Stewart.

Yolanda has been writing songs for almost as long as she has played bass She recorded and released her 1st album in 2003 under the collective name ‘MAMAYO” This album featured vocalists Carleen Anderson, Shaun Escoffery, Vanessa Freeman and Mandy Lecointe. Her funk-fusion band The Deep MO released an EP on Yolanda’s own record label Groove4dayz Records and a full album in 2012 called Funk in the 3rd Quarter.