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.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.In a 2007 interview she explained that the music itself was more experimental and that playing shows was often an opportunity for her and her friends "to get drunk and take drugs".News last month that she had been hospitalized in Miami for undisclosed health reasons.More recently, Marshall posted a photo of what appeared to be the inside of a Toronto ambulance prior to an October 20 show there described by the National Post as “haggard” and “erratic.” By Cat Power’s October 23 show at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, though, she appeared to be doing better.
better known by her stage name Cat Power, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, occasional actress, and model.
Marshall recorded simultaneously her first two albums Dear Sir and Myra Lee in December 1994 in a small basement studio near Mott Street in New York City, with guitarist Tim Foljahn and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley; Marshall and Shelley had initially met after she played a show opening for Liz Phair in 1993.
In retrospect, Marshall stated that during her early career: "I never saw recording [music] as an objective because I never sold any records [...] when I started touring and playing shows, [then] I thought, 'I can play this show and make the same amount of money I would by working two or three jobs.' I could see the world and still work.
Chan attended ten different schools throughout the southern United States in places such as Greensboro; Bartlett and Memphis and throughout Georgia and South Carolina. She was not allowed to buy records when she was growing up, but she listened to her stepfather's record collection which included such artists as Otis Redding, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Rolling Stones, Chan became estranged from her mother at 16, having no contact with her until she was 24 and says they are still not close.
Marshall has later stated that religion was large part of her Southern upbringing; her father was a Jehovah's Witness, Marshall commented on her religious upbringing, stating: "You know, my grandmother was very religious growing up and she taught me from a very young age that Satan is bad and God is good.In 1996 she signed with Matador Records, and released a third album of new material with Shelley and Foljahn, What Would the Community Think.