Karen Jacobsen

The GPS Girl

Born in Mackay, Australia, 7 year old Karen Jacobsen dreamed of becoming a professional singer and songwriter, and moving to America.

Realizing her heart’s desire and now New York based, Karen’s melodic, piano pop songs and powerful vocals have taken her to stages and screens across the world, solo at the grand piano, with her band, on 9 albums and as anthem singer in multiple major sports stadiums. Artist in Residence at High Point University, Karen’s songwriting is across genres including pop, adult contemporary, jazz and singer/songwriter.

Unexpectedly, it is her speaking voice that has garnered global attention, ending up in over a billion GPS, smartphones, elevators, cruise ships and software applications worldwide and as the original Australian voice of “Siri”. This led to wide media coverage – including being a clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle and Harry Connick Jr calling her “hypnotic” on his talk show – and the empowerment brand The GPS Girl®.

Author of two books, she speaks professionally at national and international events to motivate and breathe life into audiences, and leads mastermind retreats and online seminars to Create Your Dream and Make It Real.

Currently serving as Secretary on the Board of the National Speakers Association, Karen shares how to Recalculate when navigating change to reach your dream destination.