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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Cat Power is the stage name of American singer/songwriter Charlyn "Chan" Marshall (born Charlyn Marie Marshall on 21 January 1972). She is known for her minimalist style, sparse guitar and piano playing, and ethereal vocals.
The daughter of divorced parents, Chan (pronounced "Shawn") Marshall was born in Georgia. Marshall`s father, Charlie, is a blues musician and itinerant pianist. Her childhood involved much upheaval, with Marshall living throughout the Southern United States (Greensboro, North Carolina; Bartlett, Tennessee; and Georgia and South Carolina), back and forth between parents and her grandmother. In interviews she has openly discussed her childhood and stated that the constant traveling prepared her for the touring life of a professional musician.
After dropping out of high school, she started performing under the name Cat Power while in Atlanta, backed by musicians Glen Thrasher, Marc Moore, and others. While in Atlanta, Marshall played her first live shows as support to her friends` bands, including Magic Bone and Opal Foxx Quartet. Due to her close relationships with the various people involved she has stated that her involvement in music at this time was primarily a social interest rather than an artistic one. She also stated in a 2007 interview for Soft Focus that the music itself was more experimental and that playing shows was often an opportunity to get drunk and for her friends to take drugs.
 1990s (Dear Sir – Moon Pix)
In 1992 she moved to New York City with Glen Thrasher. It was Thrasher who introduced her to New York`s free-jazz and experimental music scene. In particular she cites a concert by Anthony Braxton with giving her the confidence to perform in public. Her first New York show was at a warehouse in Brooklyn and she has described her early New York shows as "more improvisational". One of her shows during this period was as the support act to Man or Astro-man? and consisted of her playing a two string guitar and singing the word "no" for 15 minutes. Around this time she made the acquaintance of God Is My Co-Pilot, a relationship that resulted in them releasing her first single Headlights in a limited run of 500 copies on their Making of Americans label.
In 1994 she opened for Liz Phair in New York. In attendance were Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar, who encouraged her to record, and played on her first two albums, 1995`s Dear Sir and 1996`s Myra Lee, the latter taking its name from Marshall`s mother. Both albums were recorded in New York on the same day in December 1994 and display a lack of conventional song structures possibly influenced by the experimental music that Thrasher had introduced her to. In 1996 she was signed to Matador Records, and released her third album, What Would the Community Think, which spawned a single and music video, "Nude as the News".
In late 1996, following a three-month tour co-headlining with the band Guv`ner in support of the release of What Would the Community Think, Marshall disappeared from the music scene, initially working as a baby sitter in Portland, Oregon and then moving to a farmhouse in Prosperity, South Carolina with then boyfriend Bill Callahan. The plan was to permanently retire from public performance but during a sleepless night resulting from a nightmare, Marshall wrote several new songs. These songs would make up the bulk of Moon Pix. The record was recorded at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne in eleven days with backing musicians Mick Turner and Jim White of the Dirty Three. The album was well-received by critics, and gained her recognition in the indie rock scene. However, during subsequent tours Marshall states that she had grown tired of her own material. This resulted in a series of shows during 1999 where Marshall provided musical accompaniment to the silent movie The Passion of Joan of Arc. The shows combined original material and many covers, many of which would later see release on The Covers Record, a collection of cover songs recorded at various sessions in 1998 and 1999. A selection of covers that didn`t make it on to the album were recorded at Peel Acres, home of the highly influential and legendary British DJ John Peel. The session was broadcast on his BBC Radio 1 show and featured Marshall`s own interpretations of Bob Dylan`s "Hard Times in New York Town" amongst others.
 2000s (You Are Free – Jukebox)
In 2003 she resumed releasing original material with You Are Free, a diverse and critically applauded album which featured guest musicians such as Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and the Dirty Three`s Warren Ellis. A music video directed by Brett Vapnek, was released for the song "He War" and found moderate exposure on MTV2`s Subterranean.
2004 saw the release of the critically polarizing DVD Speaking for Trees, which featured a single, nearly 2-hour stat
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Charlyn Marie Marshall
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Charlyn Marie Marshall (born January 21, 1972), also known as Chan Marshall () or by her stage name Cat Power, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, occasional actress and model. Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall's first band, but has come to refer to her musical projects with various backing bands.
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Claim to Fame
www.catpowermusic.com/, www.matadorrecords.com/cat_power/, twitter.com/CATPOWER, www.facebook.com/CatPowerSun
Charlie Marshall (musician)
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Celebrity Talent International, Paradigm Talent Agency- Tom Odell, Richard De La Font Agency, Creative Artists Agency, Radius Entertainment
Music Genre (Text)
Indie rock, folk rock, blues rock, alternative rock, lo-fi, sadcore
Vocals, guitar, piano
Runt, Plain Recordings, Smells Like Records, Matador
Steve Shelley, Tim Foljahn, The Dirty Three, Dave Grohl, The Memphis Rhythm Band, The Dirty Delta Blues Band, Iggy Pop
Handsome Boy Modeling School, Jim White, Adam Kasper, Eddie Vedder, Teenie Hodges, Leroy Hodges, Dirty Three