Australia Day Dreaming – January 26th Show in NYC

Australia Day Dreaming Concert launches regular music showcase in NYC

Three Aussies walk into a bar…three Aussie songwriters to be specific. The bar, UT47, a hip Korean-fusion cafe tucked away inconspicuously amidst the thrashing theatre district of Midtown Manhattan. With a desire to create a regular platform for original music, a plan was hatched.

NYC based Australians, Karen Jacobsen, MiG Ayesa and Tracey Yarad collaborate to bring you AussieMusicFestivalNYC a regular showcase of down under songwriters living in and visiting the big apple. Launching the project with a concert, the founders will be joined by Nadia Ackerman on January 26th, 2020 at 230PM at Soapbox Gallery.
“The number of Aussies living here has increased tremendously. I wish this opportunity and kind of community had existed when I first arrived”, explains Karen, who is about to celebrate twenty years in Manhattan.
“We are also excited to provide a space where visiting Aussie songwriters can be presented to an audience as plugged in as New Yorkers are”, adds Tracey Yarad, who has been based in Brooklyn for three years, pursuing her passion for jazz and creativity following a decades long career as an award winning songwriter and performer in Australia.
MiG Ayesa has had an extraordinary career, performing on Broadway (Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor), the West End (Rent, We Will Rock You), on television, film and releasing his songs internationally. Calling NYC home since 2010, MiG became known to US television audiences as a finalist in the ROCKSTAR:INXS reality television show.
Karen Jacobsen moved to NYC in 2000 realizing her childhood dream. Her speaking voice unexpectedly ended up in over a billion GPS/smartphones and as the original Aussie Siri. She has been a clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle, called hypnotic by Harry Connick Jr on his talk show, and is currently recording her 10th album.
Tracey Yarad’s musical journey has seen her perform regularly on live television, with the who’s who of Australian music and releasing seven albums. She has lived and toured extensively in Japan, Europe and her native Australia and has a love for music education that was expressed in the music academy she founded in 2004 in the Blue Mountains.
Singer, Songwriter and Illustrator Nadia Ackerman arrived for good in 1998 and released her sixth album The Well in 2019. Uniquely, she draws and writes each song, which led to her brand and store Natchie at Blackbarn in Chelsea. Nadia’s designs are available as prints, homewares and gifts. She has an international following for both her art and her music.
Australia Day Dreaming will have an emphasis on stories, short film, song and real life experience about growing up in Australia. Enjoy Aussie wine and snacks provided by Grounded, at Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dean St, Brooklyn
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I Believe You

In late 2018, Vali Bennis and Karen Jacobsen wrote the song I Believe You, an anthemic power ballad dedicated to women and men who have survived the trauma of abuse, assault and harassment which left them feeling alone, ashamed, isolated, vulnerable and disempowered. It is written as healing song with its comforting, soothing, uplifting words. Lyrics by Vali Bennis and Karen Jacobsen. Piano and Vocals by Karen Jacobsen. Music Video directed by Vali Bennis and Tony Bennis.

The live world premiere of the song took place at the Broken To Brilliant audio book launch of Terror to Triumph, in July, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia.

We would love you to help us get the word out by sharing the video.

Carols by Candlelight NYC

Join entertainer Karen Jacobsen for a one of a kind holiday experience in NYC.

A concert of holiday music, traditional, fresh new original songs from her album Destination Christmas and even an Aussie version of Jingle Bells. Bring your family for a beautiful holiday season experience enjoying the music of the season.

Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 3PM, The Triad Theater, 158 W72nd St, New York, NY 10023

Buy Tickets Here

“She totally engages her audience with her charm, her voice and her wit.” – R. Shepard.

Please Note: The Triad has a 2-beverage minimum per person.

The CREATE Experience – a Mastermind Retreat

Spend a weekend with Karen Jacobsen

The CREATE Experience

A Mastermind Retreat for Smart Women who want to create a life worth living and a business worth building

New York City Area (60 minute radius, close to major airport):  March 1st – 3rd, 2019

Queensland, South East (close to major airport): June 28th – 30th, 2019

What does it take to create a dream come true life?  In this special retreat-like experience, Karen will take you on a bit of a journey.  You will discover greater insights into what makes you tick, how you define fulfillment and set the stage for optimal health.  If you ever wondered if you can really elevate your success and have more impact in this world, you owe this experience to yourself.  You will discover new strategies, better tools & templates, including directions for a new way of life.  And, it all takes place in an intimate setting surrounded by a collaborative spirit.

The CREATE Experience weekend mastermind retreat is limited to 10 participants and is an immersive and all-inclusive event. To make a time to have a conversation and see if this is right for you or someone you know, visit: Our Scheduling Calendar

What People Are Saying About Working With Karen

“What an amazing weekend! Treated like a Princess, gained the knowledge of a Queen and received the power of a warrior to conquer my future! Thank you Karen Jacobsen for hosting this experience and to the ladies who are on this journey with me.”

Stephanie Zapata National Sales Manager, Hospitality Industry

“Karen Jacobsen’s workshops give you immediate gratification in seeing what is possible to create in your life. She is an inspiring teacher/leader who helps each one of her clients devise a roadmap for their future that is easy and fun to follow. Her commitment to each and every person achieving their goals, dreams and aspirations is palpable. Every business owner and company CEO will benefit from working with Karen. She is after all, The GPS Girl – helping people navigate through all the dimensions of their lives!”

Valerie Bennis Business Owner & Aromatherapist, Essence of Vali

Motivational, fantastic, inspiring, amazing, masterful, uplifting, and awesome.” These are just some of the descriptions used by our attendees to articulate their experience at the 2018 HealthCare Service Excellence Conference in San Antonio, TX. “Beautiful voice and great words of encouragement, and the reference between directions and life is fantastic. I will use these ideas at work and in life. Thank you.” – Brittany Schwans, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital “Very inspirational! Not only in healthcare but my own personal life.” – Ashley Egley Carthage Memorial

Pat Goodberry COO/Conference Chair, Healthcare Service Excellence

The CREATE Experience weekend mastermind retreat is limited to 8 participants and is an immersive and all-inclusive event. To make a time to have a conversation and see if this is right for you or someone you know, visit: Our Scheduling Calendar

It Is Never Too Late to Recalculate.  It Is Never Too Late to Live Your Dream.

Leadership & Fear

Why Do We Hide?

It’s been a period of growth for me, and if you are someone wanting more than  you currently are experiencing in your life or business, these thoughts may provide something for you.

Are we connected on LinkedIn? I look forward to receiving your request to connect.

Why Do We Hide? Leadership and Fear – Karen Jacobsen

The AM Show TV Appearance across New Zealand

What a great experience chatting with the hosts of The AM Show while in Auckland to speak and sing at the Global Speakers Summit!

Karen Jacobsen on The AM Show

One of our favourite interviews of the year – introducing Karen Jacobsen – The GPS Girl, the Australian voice of Apple's Siri.

Posted by The AM Show on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Karen Jacobsen Joins HPU as Global Artist in Residence

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 5, 2017 – Karen Jacobsen, known as “The GPS Girl” and the most downloadable voice in the world, is High Point University’s newest Global Artist in Residence. Through an ongoing partnership, Jacobsen will connect with HPU students and faculty for experiential learning opportunities.

A native of Mackay, Australia, Jacobsen is well known internationally for her voiceover work. Her voice has been featured in text-to-speech systems in more than a billion GPS and smartphone devices worldwide. This includes recording 50 hours in the studio to create the female Australian voice of the original Siri application featured on Apple iPhones, iPods and iPads.

Jacobsen performed on HPU’s campus during the annual Veterans Day Celebration in November and visited students in music and communication classes. She will also perform at HPU’s annual Community Prayer Breakfast, held at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8. The event will be held in the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center on campus and is free and open to the public.

For more than 20 years, Jacobsen has been heard on thousands of television and radio commercials through her voice-over work for top national and international brands, and in many customized voice systems around the world. This includes applications for elevators, cruise ships, cinemas, hotels, car washes, electronic devices and software.

Jacobsen provides professional speaking services through her business, The GPS Girl, which combines her GPS fame with her love of personal development. She shares a message of “recalculating” in life as a keynote speaker at conferences and events worldwide. She is the author of two books, “The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future” and “Recalculate – Directions for Driving Performance Success.”

“To be chosen for this role at HPU is very exciting and moving,” says Jacobsen. “It’s an honor to join some of the world’s greatest innovators, like Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-founder and HPUs Innovator in Residence, as a mentor on campus. It’s also really fun, because my speaking voice has been featured in devices that would not exist without Wozniak’s vision and his brilliance. So there’s a really beautiful synergy there.”

Jacobsen is also an accomplished singer having performed anthems for major sporting events in both the United States and Australia. Her songs have been featured on the soundtracks for “Dawson’s Creek” and the NBC show “Passions.”

Jacobsen is pictured working with students during a recent visit to HPU’s campus.

Party with a Purpose in NYC

Dr. T. Colin Campbell will be in New York City to attend the Plant Pure Communities #NYC party on Thursday, Nov. 30! Tickets are almost sold out! Learn about the incredible work of Dr Campbell and hear Karen Jacobsen The GPS Girl sing. Support a great cause and celebrate PPC’s anniversary while you network with #plantbased professionals at this intimate event. Food, wine, book signings, and more! Register now—tickets almost gone!! #PlantPureCommunities#PPCpartywithapurpose 

The GPS Girl’s 3rd Annual Holiday Concert – Destination Christmas

Join The GPS Girl and get into the holiday spirit with Karen Jacobsen’s breathy vocals & melodic piano playing. She will perform songs from her album Destination: Christmas and there just might be the opportunity to sing along. Aussie born (yes the original Australian Siri) & New York based, she has  enjoyed wide media coverage; but was told she had really made it after she became a clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle!

There will be prizes, surprises, and children are welcome.  @thegpsgirl

December 2nd, 2017

3PM – 430PM

Tickets: $20

At Faust Harrison Pianos Midtown NYC

Holiday Concert – Karen Jacobsen Live in NYC


The Summer’s Not the Same Without You

– Karen Jacobsen live at the grand piano

The GPS Girl, Karen Jacobsen may have given you directions in your car, answered a question or two on your phone (as the original “Siri” in the Australian accent) or helped you “Recalculate” your route (in over 1 billion devices worldwide!)

Join her on a musical journey and tales of her recent travels back at her fave NYC club Stage 72 on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7 PM.

Recently called “hypnotic” by Harry Connick Jr on his talk show, Karen’s melodic, piano pop songs and powerful vocals will give you a Manhattan summer experience to remember.

Prepare to be entertained by her music, inspired by her message and a little freaked out to hear her give directions live!

“A super musical performance: Karen Jacobsen, in a spectacular gown, is beautiful, funny, a lovely light-fingered pianist and a terrific singer with a fine clear voice who writes melodically original personal songs giving glimpses of her life and relationships…She totally engages her audience with her charm, her voice and her wit…and she can hold a note like Jerry Colonna…It’s a treat to be entertained by this talented, lovely woman. Catch her if you can. It’s one of the best performances of the decade. Richmond Shepard

Karen Jacobsen has starlight lit up in optimism all around her. Buzz Magazine

She sings with pure abandon and passion. Musical Discoveries