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Cat Power

Cat Power is the stage name of singer Chan Marshall.

Cat Power's music has the distinctive quality of being very 'empty' or minimalist. Her albums have been described as sad or depressing, and her voice praised as cathartic.

After dropping out of high school, Chan Marshall moved to New York City, where she was asked to open for Liz Phair. On the tour, she met Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar. The two men agreed to help her record music.

Her first album, Dear Sir, was recorded on the same day as her second album, Myra Lee. The two were released a year apart, however, and on different record labels. Marshall signed to Matador Records in 1996.

In 2003 she released the album You are Free, which featured musical support from Eddie Vedder, who offered a scarcely recognizable touch of his vocals on two tracks, and Dave Grohl, who played drums on a number of tracks. The album marked a musical transition in Marshall's career, bringing more rock music taste to her previous melodrama.