Cat Power is the musical alter-ego of the somewhat fragile Chan Marshall, famous for her ethereal, Souther-accented vocals. Chan (pronounced Shawn) was born Charlyn Marie Marshall in Atlanta, Georgia, but started playing the Cat Power moniker when she moved to New York after dropping out of high school. Whilst opening for Liz Phair she met Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley who encouraged her to record her music. Her first two albums were taped in one day. 'Dear Sir' was released in 1995 and 'Myra Lee' appeared the year after.In 1996 she signed to Matador Records and produced 'What Would The Community Think' (1996) and 'Moon Pix' (1998). Tiring of her own material, she turned to The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Smog and others for 'The Covers Album' (2000). Chan went back to original material in 2003 with 'You Are Free', supposedly influenced by the film 'Good Will Hunting'.
Cat Power live shows are famous for their lack of direction and Chan is an unpredictable performer. Fans love the freeform style of shows, but others say Chan's apparent shyness can be painful to watch.