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.
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!! www.plantpurecommunities.org/ppcevents #PlantPureCommunities#PPCpartywithapurpose
Join The GPS Girl and get into the holiday spirit with Karen Jacosen’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 by being a clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle!
There will be prizes, surprises, and children are welcome. @thegpsgirl
December 2nd, 2017
3PM – 430PM
At Faust Harrison Pianos Midtown NYC
– 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
Many thanks to iSing Magazine for this profile interview. Look for the top ten tips for Vocal Health at the end of the article.
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Need ideas for useful, beautiful and memorable gifts this holiday season? Here are The GPS Girl’s favorite things for 2016 – as well as our very own shopping cart at thegpsgirl.com/shop where you can find holiday music, books to uplift and products to help you recalculate – happy shopping and happy holidays xoxo #itisnevertoolatetorecalculate
1. Natchie Art
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is a trove of holiday treasures. Natchie is Nadia Ackerman, an artist with the most charming drawings of NYC scenes now available as prints and all manner of gorgeous goods.
2. Essence of Vali Aromatherapy
I am a huge fan of Vali’s oils and mists made from pure plants; so much so we worked together on a customized aroma, the Recalculate Your Life mist. Bestsellers like Sleep and Passion give you exactly what they say they will.
3. Swarovski Holiday Ornament
In a home of few possessions I admit to collecting one of these crystal beauties every year since our son was born.
4. Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins
A transformational book for even those who have read every money book around. A powerful tool for creating and implementing a life you love.
5. Tickets to the Theatre
There is nothing like it. Whether for yourself or for loved ones, sharing an in person artistic experience is one of the most memorable gifts you can give. Read on if you would like to have something to wrap up to go with it.
5b. Books about Theatre
Hamilton, the book of the making of the broadway show is a masterpiece. Add to it The Untold Stories of Broadway for the true theatre obsessive.
Yes the board game. I am in love with gifts that create experiences, interaction and togetherness. In an attempt to not only ever be on my phone, we love to play Scrabble and Uno and seek out brand new ones. Put the screen down and play with real tiles, boards and cards.
7. Chocolate, Caramel or Peppermint Cocoa Fit Chews
These super delicious treats are vegan, gluten and sugar free. Absolutely diabetic friendly and will also satisfy hunger. From Arbonne so you know they are pure and safe.
8. Moticise Mindset Reset DVD
A mind and body workout at the same time? Yes please. Calling all multi-taskers wanting to combine motivation and exercise, Sonia Satra’s mindset reset is a groundbreaking process to keep you strong and focused on where you want to be headed. It’s a game changer.
9. A Spiralizer
These kitchen contraptions make your vegetables into glorious ribbons to create salads you can’t believe. If you are breathing you need one. I swear my veggies actually taste better.
10. Amazon Dot Speaker
It seems like there is now another woman in the house. Call out “Alexa” and “she” can give you the news (actual news from NPR), the weather and your favorite song or style of music. She is a part of our daily lives in a very satisfying way.
Karen Jacobsen, The GPS Girl’s speaking voice is in over 400 million GPS and smartphones worldwide giving directions. Through her empowerment brand The GPS Girl, she helps groups who want to navigate change powerfully by showing them how to Recalculate when life and business go off course. She is an award winning Singer & Songwriter and Author of Recalculate – Directions for Driving Performance
The GPS Girl’s new book Recalculate – Directions for Driving Performance Success
is filled with tools she uses on a daily basis as a mother, wife, business owner, international speaker, concert performer and the voice in over 400 million GPS and smartphone devices around the world; to keep herself on track, especially when things do not go as planned.
For Karen Jacobsen, success has to be the whole picture –
I love my homeland.
I know I hit the jackpot to be born and raised in North Queensland and I absolutely adore going back there and being under Australian skies.
In late June and early July my schedule is taking shape for events in Brisbane, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba.
There is still some room on my calendar, so if your organization or group is navigating change, or looking for an entertaining keynote speaker, it would be my pleasure to explore the possibilities.
Returning to Australia for speaking, singing and media appearances is incredible. In between professional engagements I cannot wait to be connecting with friends old and new and experiencing new adventures.