Cat Power

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Legal name: Chan Marshall


Charlyn Marie "Chan" Marshall /ʃɑːrlɪn məri ʃɒn mɑːrʃəl/ (born January 21, 1972), better known 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 become her moniker as a solo artist.

Marshall was discovered opening for Liz Phair in 1994 by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar, with whom she recorded her first two albums, Dear Sir (1995) and Myra Lee (1996), on the same day in 1994. In 1996 she signed with Matador Records, and released a third album of new material with Shelley and Foljahn, What Would the Community Think. Following this she released the critically acclaimed Moon Pix (1998), recorded with members of Dirty Three, and The Covers Record (2000), a collection of sparsely recorded cover songs. After a brief hiatus she reemerged in 2003 with You Are Free, featuring guest musicians Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder, followed by the soul-influenced The Greatest (2006), recorded with numerous Memphis studio musicians, and a second covers album, Jukebox (2008). In 2012 she released the self-produced Sun, which opened at number 10 on the Billboard 200, the highest charting album of her career to date.

Critics have noted the constant evolution of Cat Power's sound, with a "mix of punk, folk and blues" on her earliest albums, and elements of soul and other genres more prevalent in her later material. Her 2012 album Sun incorporated electronica, in a self-proclaimed move from the "really slow guitar songs" she initially wrote for the album.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Dear Sir 4
1996 Myra Lee 1
1996 What Would the Community Think 2
1998 Moon Pix 3 4
2000 The Covers Record 3
2003 You Are Free 3
2004 Speaking for Trees 1
2006 The Greatest 5 9
2008 Jukebox 7
2012 Sun 3 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 New and Old Songs 1
Not That Hot New Chick 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 1998-11-26: ISC, Bern, Switzerland 2
1998 White Session (Radio France, Paris) 1
2000 2000-06-18: John Peel Session 1
2004 2004-03-26: All Tomorrow's Parties, Pontins, Camber Sands, UK 1
2005 2005-11-04: Festival Les Inrocks, La Cigale, Paris, France 1
2008 2008-01-23: Black Session #276: Paris, France 1
2008 2008-06-14: Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN, USA 1
1996-09-18: The Black Cat, Washington, D.C., USA 1
1999-05-14: Viking Union Hall, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, USA 1
2002-11-17: La Boule Noire, Paris, France 1
Clear the Room: Rarities 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Headlights 1
1996 Nude as the News 2
2006 The Greatest / Hate 1
2006 Could We 3
2007 Up and Gone 1
2007 Song to Bobby 1
2007 Naked, If I Want To 1
2012 Ruin 1
2012 Cherokee 1
2013 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1996 Undercover 1
2006 Live Session EP 1
2006 eMusic Session EP 1
2008 Dark End of the Street 3 2


Year Title RatingReleases
2006 An Album Club Exclusive 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1998 1998-11-06: Session Planet Claire, Aligre FM, France 1
2000 2000-03-06: Session Planet Claire, Aligre FM, France 1
2003 2003-01-23: John Peel Sessions 1
2001-08: Peel Acres 1
2001: Peel Session 1

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