Lucy Kaplansky is a folk singer and songwriter who moved to New York from Chicago at the age of 18 to pursue a music career. She became involved in the folk music scene around Greenwich Village, before leaving the music scene to pursue a doctorate. After obtaining her doctorate and setting up a private psychology practice, she found herself drawn back to music.
In 1994, Kaplansky returned to music full time, recording several albums. In 1998, she joined Dar Williams and Richard Shindell to form the folk group Cry Cry Cry, with whom she recorded an album and toured extensively. When Cry Cry Cry disbanded, Lucy quickly returned to her solo career, continuing to record albums, including the acclaimed Ten Year Night album, released in 1999, and The Red Thread, released in 2004, which included a hauntingly beautiful song about her experience of being a New Yorker on 9-11.