Apr 27, 2023
Basically, Susan Bennett is a musician! The voice work, speaking, acting and SIRI came later. She was playing the piano by ear by the age of 4, took classical piano lessons for many years, and ended up singing in her first band, "Conglomerate" during her years at Brown University.
Susan went on to sing and play keyboards in clubs and restaurants in Atlanta, GA, where she moved in 1972 and still lives. She also did hundreds of commercial jingles (famously, Tillie the All-Time Teller for the first successful ATM in the US) and she sang backup vocals on tour with Burt Bacharach and Roy Orbison.
Susan got into voiceover work at Doppler Studios in Atlanta when the voice actor hired for a particular commercial didn't show up, and studio owner Pete Caldwell suggested she do the spot instead. Bam! She got a whole new career! Susan ended up doing spots for Coca Cola, IBM, Papa John's Pizza, McDonald's, AT&T, Wendy's, Goodyear, Ford, Chiquita, etc., for both radio and TV. She also worked on camera for Morrison's, Ford, GA Pacific, IBM, Kimberly Clark, etc.
Of course, being the original voice of Siri started a whole new chapter in her life. After she revealed herself as the original voice in 2013, she did hundreds of interviews, appeared on numerous TV shows, and once again began a whole new career—doing speaker events!
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