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“I've heard Chan Marshall (aka Chan Marshall) called the model for an entire generation of female indie rock singers. This seems slightly overrated to me, but there's no denying the
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“Although Chan Marshall doesn't have quite the extensive catalog that some of the other women I've listed can boast, she has definitely secured her place amongst the indie circuit &
#12 of 20 from My Favorite Female Singers by
“Jukebox was just awesome! Chan Marshall has a way of taking old songs & somehow making you forget that you've ever heard the originals. This was a great way to start the year.
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Born: January 21, 1972 in Atlanta, GA
Years Active: 90 's, 00's
Genre: ROCK

Cat Power was the alias of Chan Marshall, a Southern-bred singer/songwriter whose father, Charlie, was an itinerant pianist. After dropping out of high school, Marshall found herself in New York; performing under the name Cat Power, she was booked as the opening act for Liz Phair, where she met Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and Two Dollar Guitar's Tim Foljahn, who agreed to become her backing band. Following the release of 1995's Dear Sir and 1996's Myra Lee -- both recorded on the same day -- Cat Power signed to Matador for 1996's What Would the Community Think?, which won acclaim for Marshall's unsettling, emotional songs and cathartic vocals.

The superb Moon Pix followed two years later, and in the spring of 2000 Cat Power resurfaced with The Covers Record. Released in 2003, You Are Free featured a lusher, more polished sound as well as cameos by Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder; 2006's The Greatest was recorded in Memphis, TN, with legendary soul players including guitarist/songwriter Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, bassist Leroy "Flick" Hodges, and drummer Steve Potts. Another set of covers, Jukebox, was released two years later. Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
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