According to CNN, actress Susan Bennett says her voice was used for Apple’s virtual assistant Siri.
“I wasn’t sure that I wanted the notoriety,” Susan Bennett told CNN, explaining her delay in coming forward, “and I also wasn’t sure where I stood legally.”
Susan Bennett says the Siri voice was recorded in 2005 at GM Voices on behalf of ScanSoft, a software company that was working on an undisclosed project.
Apple did not confirm Susan Bennett’s story, but an audio-forensics expert says he is “100 percent certain” she is the voice, and Bennett’s lawyer, who cannot confirm the details of confidential contracts, notes he’s had “substantial negotiations” with “parties along the economic food chain” regarding hiring Bennett as the voice of Siri.
Susan C. Bennett is one of the busiest and most versatile voice-over artists/vocalists working today.
She is a graduate of Brown University; member of the band Laugh & Cry, affiliated with The Berklee School of music, and featuring renowned bassist, Abe Laboriel; backup vocalist on tour with Burt Bacharach and Roy Orbison.
Susan Bennett has an experience of more than 20 years doing voice-overs and singing both live and in studio for such clients as Ford, Coca-Cola, Fisher Price, McDonald’s, The Home Depot, Goodyear, VISA, Macy’s, Club Med, Delta Airlines, and The Cartoon Network.
She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, The American Federation of Musicians, and Women in Film.
Along with her husband, guitarist and composer Rick Hinkle, Susan Bennett is co-owner of Audiocam Music, a full service recording studio.