Karen Jacobsen is a renowned singer, motivational speaker, voice-over artist and songwriter with roots in both Australia and New York. She has one of the most recognizable voices in the world after becoming Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri.
She has been widely acclaimed for her work, winning the President’s Award for Distinguished Service from the National Speakers Association in 2016 and the Dottie Burman Award from the New York Chapter of the National Speakers Association in 2012.
Hailing from Mackay, Queensland, Jacobsen attended Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium and majored in voice and piano, winning the Jazz Prize and receiving his A.Mus.A. diploma in piano.
Childhood image of Karen Jacobsen
Jacobsen’s passion for music began when she was just seven years old and was fueled by her idol Olivia Newton-John, who inspired her to pursue a career as a professional singer.
Karen Jacobsen with her husband
Jacobsen was born on January 23, 1969 in Mackay, a small town in northern Queensland. He is currently 54 years old. ((Instagram))
Jacobsen moved to Sydney and debuted in musical theatre, appearing in the original Australian production of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.
On July 4, 2000, Karen Jacobsen moved to New York City. Since then, she has released ten albums under her independent label Kurly Queen and her songs have appeared on soundtracks for television shows such as Dawson’s Creek and Passions.
He also starred alongside Christopher Cross, Neil Sedaka, Norah Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Spyro Gyra, Deborah Cox and Rachael Sage.
ABC News and CBS News have dubbed Karen Jacobsen “The Gadget Diva”, while the Gold Coast Bulletin labeled her “Gadget Girl”.
Additionally, she served as the original Australian female voice of the Siri app on Apple devices from 2011 to 2014. She auditioned for the role in 2002 while living in New York. She said that,
“They were looking for a native Australian broadcaster who lived in the northeastern United States. I thought, ‘that’s a description of me.’
After being chosen for the position, it took him 50 hours over three weeks to complete the job. Jacobsen only recorded four hours a day to make sure his voice didn’t sound “fatigued” ((Daily Mail))
Jacobsen is married and has one son. He lived in the United States for 20 years until returning to Australia in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Karen Jacobsen with husband and son
Some facts about Karen Jacobsen
- Jacobsen is originally from Mackay, Queensland.
- She began her career singing with the Queensland Youth Choir. She also received the Warana Young Performer of the Year award.
- She was the keynote speaker for EYO, an AAUW event for young women, in 2014 and 2015.
- Jacobsen has been proudly chosen to sing national anthems at several major sporting events in both the United States and Australia. In June 2016, he performed at Advance Australia Fair in front of a crowd of 52,000 at Suncorp Stadium Lang Park in Queensland for the State of Origin Rugby League match.
- He has collaborated with several well-known names in the music industry, including Grammy Award winner Andy Zulla, Tony Award winner David Zippel and ARIA Award winner Sean O’Boyle.
- Jacobsen has acted on many Australian television shows such as Good Morning Australia and I Do I Do. Additionally, her speaking and singing voices have been used in countless commercials for television, radio, the Internet, and even on over a billion devices.
- In addition to her musical achievements, Jacobsen has also been an advocate for child sponsorship and has raised awareness about its benefits.
- Additionally, she founded the group ‘To Zambia with Love’ to help support the work of Children International and motivate people to sponsor children in need.
- He loves reading books in his free time.