By: PAULO SILVESTRE
CAT POWER is coming to Portugal to perform two concerts at Coliseu de Lisboa on May 26 and at Coliseu do Porto on May 28.
Charlyn Marie Marshall (Cat Power) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States in 1972. In her adolescence, she shuffled around Georgia and Alabama and began playing the local rock scene.
In 1992, she moved to the East Village in New York City, where she and her friend Glen Thrasher started to do live shows.
In 1995, under the name of Cat Power, she released Dear Sir, her first full-length album. Myra Lee followed a year later. The albums showed her strong skills as a songwriter as well as mixing blues, folk, rock and country styles.
Shortly after the second album’s release, Cat Power signed with Matador Records who released What Would the Community Think in September 1996.
Two years later, the artist’s fourth full-length disc, Moon Pix, was released. It furthered her status as an indie-folk ‘creative thinker’.
After this critically acclaimed album, Marshall put together a cover album of songs by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, Moby Grape among others.
The Covers Record made a ripple on the Billboard Magazine’s Top Heatseekers list, reaching the 44th position.
After half a decade without any new material, her sixth LP, You Are Free, arrived keenly anticipated and with big expectations; it rose to the top of the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart after its February 2003 release and also made a short appearance on The Billboard 200 Sales chart. The first single, He War, has received good airplay on radio stations all over the world.
Cat Power resurfaced in January 2006 with a new album called The Greatest, which features the single Living Proof.
Listen to Cat Power at www.myspace.com/catpower