At the tender age of seven in small town Australia, Karen Jacobsen saw Olivia Newton-John on television and knew what she wanted to do with her life. She wanted to become a professional singer and move to America.
Following her dream, Karen moved to New York City with one suitcase and became an award-winning Singer and Songwriter. Musical career highlights include: sharing the stage with Norah Jones, Neil Sedaka and Christopher Cross, singing the national anthem at major sporting events (Madison Square Garden, Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium, for 80, 000 at Giants Stadium for a New York Jets game, Queensland’s Suncorp Stadium for an Australia vs South Africa TriNations International Rugby Game for 52, 000) and her songs licensed to network television.
Unexpectedly, it was her speaking voice that has brought a unique pop culture status. Karen Jacobsen is heard in over a billion GPS and smartphone devices around the world.
Perhaps her speaking voice has given you directions in your car or phone as the original Australian voice of “Siri”. From that one voice-over booking Karen created her brand The GPS Girl®, giving directions for life and business and showing how to navigate change powerfully with the five directions for “Recalculating”.
An international speaker and concert artist, TEDx speaker and Global Artist in Residence at High Point University, Karen has also enjoyed wide international media coverage, including the NBC Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, NY Daily News, Glamour magazine and was named one of People Magazine’s Most Intriguing People. She was told she had made it when named as a clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle, but particularly
enjoyed Harry Connick Jr calling her “hypnotic” on his national US talk show.
Karen leads mastermind retreats, works individually with clients to develop a plan to accomplish their own dreams, and is in demand as a Host and Emcee.
An Author, she written two books; The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future, and Recalculate – Directions for Driving Performance Success, released nine albums on her record label, and with her husband, young son, business and global travel schedule, she recalculates daily.