Lucy Kaplansky is more of a psychologist than most singers – in fact, she holds an MD in the field. The acclaimed artist who once left a budding music career to pursue psychology now has seven solo albums to her name.
Kaplansky left home soon after high school and quickly found a niche in the New York music scene, among such artists as Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhardt, and others. She and Shawn Colvin often sang duos, and the pair were expected to hit it big. But Kaplansky felt drawn to a career in psychology, and pursued and obtained a medical degree.
Still, she continued to sing. When Colvin pulled her ex-singing partner into the studio to produce a record, a path back to music opened for Kaplansky. She signed with Red House Records and released “The Tide,” in 1994. Her 2012 album, “Reunion,” celebrates
Kaplansky’s pioneering immigrant grandmother and her journey from Poland to Toronto in its title track.
In 2015, she released a duet album with Richard Shindell, “Tomorrow You’re Going.” It was completely funded by fans through a Kickstarter campaign.