Cat Power: "Living Life Is the Greatest Inspiration for Me"

With apologies to Jon Secada's legion of adoring fans, it wouldn't be hyperbole to say Chan Marshall is the finest singer to reside in South Florida.

Marshall, who records and performs as Cat Power, has lived on and off in our neck of the woods for more than a decade by way of Atlanta and New York. She is both an interpreter of others' songs on the albums Jukebox and The Covers Album and a force to be admired on seven albums she wrote herself, highlighted by 2003's You Are Free. Throughout her career, Marshall's sultry voice has earned her comparisons to some of the greats, including being dubbed the indie-rock Billie Holiday. As with Holiday -- a singer Cat Power has covered -- the respect for Marshall's immense talent has often been shrouded by her reputation for erratic performances and behavior.

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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