Singer / Songwriter
Chicago-born LUCY KAPLANSKY moved to New York City at 18 to launch her career as a folk singer/songwriter. Throughout her time in Greenwich Village, she played with such notables as Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and Richard Shindell.
In 1983, Kaplansky decided to become a psychologist, and she enrolled in Yeshiva University. She continued to play while getting her PhD, and gained momentum musically as part of a duo with Shawn Colvin. The duo attracted interest from record companies, and Kaplansky declined, instead opting to open her own private practice and becoming a staff psychologist at a New York Hospital. She continued to sing on various albums on the side.
In the early 1990′s, Lucy found herself drawn to music once again. In 1994, she released her debut album The Tide. The album was a mixture of covers and originals, and was released by Red House Records. It was at that point that she decided to give up her psychology practice and pursue music full-time.
Since then, Lucy has gone on to release five albums. Lucy’s rising popularity has led to appearances on the CBS Morning Show, NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions, Mountain Stage, West Coast Live, Acoustic Cafe, and Vin Scelsa’s Idiot’s Delight.
Released in 2007, Lucy’s album Over the Hills is a collection of songs that explore love and the dark, winding road that leads us there. Her new life as a mother has not hindered her musical life but has enhanced it, deepening the emotional depth of her songwriting. Lucy continues to tour extensively across North America, reminding audiences why she has been hailed as “a truly gifted performer…full of enchanting songs” (The New Yorker).