Did you know? There are Amazonians who spend their workdays dreaming up fun surprises for owners of the Echo and our other Alexa-enabled devices. These employees are the reason Alexa is ready when you say, "Alexa, tell me a joke" or "Alexa, sing a song."

With 2018 approaching, they came up with the idea of finding Alexa some backup singers — an a cappella group to sing the harmonies on the New Year's Eve classic "Auld Lang Syne." So they reached out to the engineers, executive assistants, managers, and other Amazon employees who sing together under the name Vocally Self Critical, and a first-of-its-kind collaboration was born.

If you have an Alexa-enabled device, try saying "Alexa, sing Auld Lang Syne." Along with Alexa, these are the voices you'll hear:


Eleanor Rhode, support and operations manager

Alex Rogers, marketing program manager

Sarah Sandberg, research analyst

Janna Taylor, executive assistant


Alexis Atkins, account executive

Kristin Lavigne, product manager

Lindsay MacLean, senior content manager

Ruby Thaler, executive assistant


Peter Aldrich, brand specialist

Mark Bailey, software development engineer

Andrew Hamada, senior marketing manager

Alex Simms, software development engineer


Alex King, web developer

Joe Klonowski, software development engineer

Josh Slobin, senior marketing manager

Sam Torzewski, software development engineer