DC musician Cat Janice, whose music soared to viral fame while in hospice care, dies

DC musician Cat Janice, whose music soared to viral fame while in hospice care, dies

D.C. alt-pop artist Cat Janice, whose music resonated deeply with audiences around the world, passed away on Wednesday, as confirmed by her family. At 31 years old, Cat Janice’s journey was marked by a courageous battle against a rare sarcoma, a struggle she faced with grace and resilience.

In 2022, Cat Janice was diagnosed with the rare sarcoma, yet even in the midst of her illness, her creative spirit continued to shine. She released her final song, “Dance You Outta My Head,” from hospice on January 19, dedicating all proceeds from its downloads and streams to benefit her 7-year-old son, Loren.

Cat’s remarkable story captured the hearts of people across the nation, as her music spread through viral channels and gained widespread attention from national news outlets. “Dance You Outta My Head” quickly became a sensation, climbing to No. 11 on Billboard’s Digital Sales chart and making its mark on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic chart. The song’s popularity surged on platforms like TikTok, accumulating over 56 million views, while on Spotify, it amassed nearly 13 million streams.

Born Catherine Janice Ipsan into a music-loving family in Northern Virginia, Cat’s passion for music blossomed early on. She immersed herself in 18 years of classical training, mastering the violin and piano and participating in orchestral productions, jazz bands, and theater performances. Embraced by the vibrant D.C. music scene, Cat established herself as a local pop sensation, captivating audiences with her unique blend of Southern rock, indie rock, and pop influences.

Cat Janice’s musical journey was one of exploration and evolution, culminating in her distinctive songwriting style. Her family expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support, acknowledging that Cat’s music touched lives in ways she never anticipated. They found solace in the knowledge that her music would continue to provide for her son, Loren, ensuring that Cat’s legacy endures through her artistry.

As the world mourns the loss of Cat Janice, her spirit lives on through the timeless melodies and heartfelt lyrics she leaves behind. Her music remains a testament to her strength, passion, and unwavering love for her family and fans alike.