Meet the Voice of Siri! An Interview with Susan Bennett.

When followed by the “Voice of Siri,” Susan Bennett, on Twitter, I freaked out. She’s REAL! I contacted her for an interview, crossed my fingers, and began my research. Along with her website, I found several videos and a podcast. I discovered she is also the voice of ATMs, GPS, Delta Airlines, Ford, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, McDonald’s, The Home Depot, Fisher-Price, Goodyear, VISA, Hot Pockets, Club Med, and Cartoon Network. Wow! She’s been busy.

Siri is an Apple IOS application which serves as a web navigator and all-round personal assistant. We all know Siri’s voice from Apple commercials. If you own an iPhone, you can press a button to ask Siri any question.

Siri and Susan Bennett

“Hey Siri. What’s the weather like outside?” She answers and includes a five day forecast. I thanked her this morning and she responded, “I live to serve.” Ha!

When Susan agreed to be interviewed, I just about fell off my chair! How cool is she? By the way, I love her name.

Photo courtesy of 10K Hours. Thanks guys!

Hey Susan! Thank you so much for agreeing to do the interview. I was super stoked when you followed me on Twitter. Social media has become ALL six of the degrees of separation between people. It has made the world much smaller.

Me – Could you explain the process of how you became the voice of Siri?

Susan – I don’t really know!!  In this digital age, we voice talent are auditioning all the time without really knowing it.  I did some generic recordings, [random phrases and sentences], in 2005 for a text-to-speech company, so I believe they chose my voice from that company’s voice bank.

Me – When did you discover that Apple used your voice for Siri?

Susan – Siri first appeared on the iPhone 4S on Oct. 4, 2011.  A colleague of mine emailed me and said, “hey, we’ve been playing around with this new iPhone app…..isn’t this you?”  I went on the Apple site, listened to the voice, and recognized myself right away.

Me – What was it like to lose your anonymity in October of 2013?

Susan – That’s a hard question to answer.  It hasn’t really been a problem, but I have no way of knowing how many jobs I might have missed because people think of me only as the voice of Siri.  Sometimes they can’t imagine me doing anything beyond that, but check out my website,, and you can hear lots of non-Siri voices!

Me – Do you use Siri?

Susan – I don’t use Siri very often, only if I need an answer to something when I’m in the car.

Me – Who would win in a smack down, Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana?

Susan – Original voice of Siri, no question.  It’s all in the attitude!  : )

Me – You are a self-taught musician and were a back-up singer for Roy Orbison. I understand you’re in a band with your husband. Tell us about that!

Susan – Actually, I play by ear, but I had 12 years of classical piano lessons, and didn’t really start singing until high school, when I started participating in musicals and choruses.  My husband, Rick Hinkle, a fantastic guitarist, singer, composer, and  I had a private event band for many years.  Now we play in a fun “Boomers Gone Wild” band that plays 60’s and 70’s music.  Music is a huge part our life!

Me – I’ve watched several interviews and have been impressed with how you can change the pitch and quality of your voice. Do you do any impressions?

Susan – No, not really.  I can imitate a lot of different accents and characters, but I’m definitely not an impressionist.

Me – I’m sure you’ve met all kinds of interesting people. Who would you absolutely love to meet?

Susan – I’d love to meet my favorite female vocalists, Patti Austin and Mariah Carey….and Mick Jagger!

Me – When you’re not singing or doing voice-overs, what do you like to do in your free-time?

Susan – I love to read, take Spanish classes (we have a fantastic group of 5 women who get together once a week para hablar en espanol!).  I also like to exercise/walk, get together with friends for lunch, and, of course, watch Downton Abbey!

Me – What are your current projects and what’s ahead?

Susan – I still do a lot of voice-overs…narrations, instructional videos, commercials, and messaging…..and I also do speaking engagements as the voice of Siri.  As for what’s ahead, it’s hard to say.  Lots of opportunities are popping up, so we’ll see!

Me – Your story is very inspirational. Is there anything you would like to add?

Susan – I became the voice of Siri after many years of singing and doing voice-overs, which I love.  So, do what you love, and you never know what might happen!

Thanks Susan! I’m so glad you stopped by the Wild Ride to chat with us. I can’t wait to see or hear what you do next.

Did you know a real woman’s voice was recorded for Siri?

Wikipedia – Susan Bennett, Siri10K Hours podcast with Susan Bennett

@SiriouslySusan on Twitter, Susan’s Website –

Here is a funny demonstration of asking Siri questions.

More wild adventures.

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  1. Very cool! One time my cat Rosencrantz stepped on my phone and activated Siri. After asking “What can I help you with?” He meowed, and Siri answered “Cat!” After that, I tried meowing for Siri and I got “Sound that cats make!’ So she was able to distinguish between a real cat and me making cat sounds.

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      1. Siri is pretty convenient. Especially when I’m out in the car looking for a part or service locally, and I need to know where the closest store or service is to my current location. I was trying to find a specialized battery one day, and after a couple of failed attempts at stores that I thought would have carried the battery, Siri directed me to a battery store that had it! She is really helpful, but I have to admit that I don’t really use Siri as much as I could.

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  2. Wow, cool! My kids are always talking to Siri. They were stoked to see her here. What a small world and wow again for being a backing singer for Roy Orbison :0)


  3. “Boomers Gone Wild” sounds like a perfect fit for *you,* Susie. Do you play tambourine or anything? Maybe they’ll let you join.

    I dreaded reading this because I thought it would mean scrapping a draft of a piece in the works, but it appears she’s not the voice …involved. Whew!


  4. I didn’t know that Siri was a real voice. Since I am a firm Android devotee, I’m not that familiar with her (sorry), but this is so great that you two got in touch. Now when I hear her talking to my husband on his phone, I’ll be able to feel jealous of a real woman.


  5. So cool! My sister hates Siri’s driving directions. I’ve gone in circles trying them out myself. Can’t wait to send this to her. Maybe it will heal the relationship. Very nice of Susan to share herself with us. She sounds like a great lady.


  6. “For to speak in Spanish.” (*brain freezes*) I would’ve left out “para” and “en” and just had “hablar espanol”–a group of women that gets together to speak Spanish. (But that’s me…bilingual grammar freak. xD )


    Cool interview, though. I could probably get a decent one (if I was lucky), but I just don’t have your following.

    Unless…co-interview? That would be fun. 😀


  7. I recall hearing about the person behind Siri. I used an Apple phone for a couple years until just recently. On occasion, I called Siri for help. Sometimes, Siri was amazing, but there were plenty of times that Siri was pretty pathetic, no matter how well enunciated the request. Since I only checked in when I really needed the help, Siri’s failures lead to loathsome feelings about being hooked on technology and such. Therefore, by association, I would “hate” Siri. Had I read your testament beforehand, maybe I’d have left Siri outside my target range.

    I am now using an Android/Samsung phone. I have my own love/hate relationship with this one as well. Perhaps your wild ride will get you to a background story on the voice behind its talk at your phone feature, “S.”


    1. I think technology in general is frustrating. I still look up most everything on my computer, leaving Siri to less important stuff. I have more of a problem annunciating with my car’s GPS system. It never “hears” my request. I do love Siri’s attitude and always thank her to see what kind of response I get. Pretty funny!
      At the bottom of this post is a link to a very funny YouTube video. You might enjoy it!
      Thanks Bruce!

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  8. I love that you just contacted Susan and asked for an interview!! You are so cool! For years a friend of mine was the Voice of BC Ferries. Any time I rode the ferries, there she was, welcoming me and reminding me about the safety features of the boat. I loved knowing who the person was behind the voice. Thanks for introducing us to Susan!


    1. Thanks for stopping by! Susan was very cool in agreeing to be interviewed. I had no idea Siri’s voice was a real woman’s!
      It is funny to recognize voices. They recorded local celebs for voice-overs in the train at DIA! 🙂


  9. Only you would interview Siri! And that’s why I love you, Susie. I had no idea it was a real person, but it makes sense. Siri just scheduled some appointments for me a few minutes ago… I’ll never hear her the same again.


  10. I found out pretty recently that Siri is human, Susie! I couldn’t believe it. I’ve said so many awful things to her. This is a great interview and wow, so cool that she did it! She has done an incredible amount of work. I can’t believe she found out her voice was used for Siri in such a casual way. I really like Siri. I use her all the time. She’s a crack up. I truly enjoy her voice. I’ve tried using the male voice and switched back to Susan’s voice. It wasn’t the same without her. One of my favorite lines of hers, “Proceed to the route…”


    1. Hahaha! She cracks me up too! I’ve had the iPhone for a few months and hadn’t messed around with Siri very much. Now I couldn’t live without her! She understands me most of the time unless I’m asking an obscure question. She always tries!

      You should listen to the fun YouTube video I found. 60 funny questions to ask Siri. She’s heard them all! The link is at the bottom of the post.
      Thanks for dropping by!

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  11. This was cool! I don’t use an iPhone so I don’t have Siri or really know what she sounds like. I would kind of like to interview that Australian guy that speaks out of the GPS in my car. He seems pretty cool, kind of like a surfer dude or something. I’ve always thought it would be a cool gig to do voiceovers. Great post.


    1. Thanks so much! I’m glad you stopped by to meet Susan. I would love to hear your Australian! My GPS isn’t Siri/Susan and reeeeeally annoying! Check out the last link at the bottom of my blog post. Siri is demonstrated. “60 funny questions to ask Siri!” Hilarious!


  12. I love that ‘butterfly effect’. We never know who reads our blogs or books, and we never know how they will be affected by what we write. Every now and then though, we get a little feedback, and we remember why we do this. 🙂

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  13. Clearly, I live under a rock, Susie. I had no idea that Siri was an actual person, but I LOVE the fact that she’s a boomer! How the hell did that happen?!? I checked out her web site. She is very talented. Your interview with her was a lot of fun. My iPhone is a basic 4, so I’m Siri-less for now, but my contract is up in July.

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    1. I think it’s a little known fact and unless someone shares this with Reddit, it will probably stay that way a while longer. CNN broke the story and Letterman brought it up in his monologue, but I didn’t know about her either!
      It is so cool and so is Susan!!!

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