“My mom went with my dad, they had my sister and me. “His wife said: ‘Man, you really remind me of my husband’, so I started putting two and two together.
I asked him; he doesn’t remember, but I don’t think it’s true.” 3.
My dad was into more gospel and my step-dad was more into psychedelic stuff.
So we were always going to parties and seeing bands…
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.
Power's smoky, subterranean vocals and fusion of sounds—her music blends folk, country, blues, punk and avant-garde pop—earned her a devoted following.
The inspiration behind the name Cat Power has nothing to do with the feline species.
“Back when we got our first gig we didn’t have a name yet,” she told an interviewer, “and I was on a payphone trying to come up with a name and I saw someone wearing a Cat Diesel Power hat.
Two years later, Power dropped—for which the singer refused to be interviewed—was published in 2009.
During this period, she was also in a relationship with actor Giovanni Ribisi, which ended after four years. The album—which she wrote, played all instruments on, and produced (with subsequent mixing by Phillippe Zdar) in a variety of studios—goes in a pointedly electronic direction and focuses on themes of self-awareness, global connectedness and spirituality.
Here are ten facts that have coloured her tumultuous life, in and out of music. Her mother, father and stepfather imparted varied and valuable music education on her from a young age.