Happy Birthday, Chan Marshall: Five Reasons to Celebrate Cat Power

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Happy Birthday, Chan Marshall: Five Reasons to Celebrate Cat Power
Since Cat Power sole proprietor Chan Marshall turns 38 today, we thought it was only fitting to take some time to reflect on a handful of our favorite things about the Paste-approved singer/songwriter. She's dazzled listeners for years with her intoxicatingly smooth voice, releasing nine albums during the course of her career (and she's in the early stages of working on a tenth). So here's to you, Chan. And here are but five reasons why we're glad you were born:

1. She has great videos to go with her great music.

2. Turns out, she actually does love cats.
Although her name may not stem from a deep affinity for felines (Marshall's stage name was inspired by a trucker hat advertising Caterpillar machinery that read: "Cat Diesel Power"), but that doesn't mean there's no place in her heart for furry friends. In fact, Marshall once lent her likeness to PETA to create an e-card encouraging pet owners to spay and neuter their animals:


3. She crafts an excellent cover song.

Not only has Marshall released a pair of albums made almost entirely of covers (The Covers Record in 2000, Jukebox in 2008), she's also created gems like this one:

4. She's an inspiration to other artists.
Philadelphia punk band Blacklisted and Canadian rockers The Tragically Hip both mention Cat Power in songs. Plus, British writer Clare Wigfall, who won the 2008 BBC National Short Story Award with her collection called The Loudest Sound and Nothing, says Cat Power's Moon Pix influenced her writing.

5. She dances like nobody's watching (even when millions are).

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