Sabrina Carpenter

Sabrina Carpenter

Carpenter in 2015
Born Sabrina Ann Lynn Carpenter
(1999-05-11) May 11, 1999
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active 2011–present

Musical career

  • Vocals
  • guitar
Labels Hollywood

Sabrina Ann Lynn Carpenter[1] (born May 11, 1999[2]) is an American singer, songwriter and actress.[3] She had a recurring role as the young version of Chloe Goodwin in The Goodwin Games and currently stars as Maya Hart in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World.[4] She is signed to Hollywood Records.[4]

Early life

Carpenter was born in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.[2] Sabrina Carpenter placed third in a singing contest run by Miley Cyrus, "The Next Miley Cyrus Project."[5]


2011–12: Career beginnings

Carpenter booked her first acting role in 2011, a guest role on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She played a young rape victim interviewed by Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni).[5][6] Around the same time, she performed live on the Chinese television station Hunan Broadcasting System, for the Gold Mango Audience festival. She performed Etta James' "Something's Got a Hold on Me", in the style of Christina Aguilera from the movie Burlesque.[5][7] Less than two years later, Carpenter booked a series recurring role on Fox's The Goodwin Games as Young Chloe, a series regular role on Disney Channel pilot Gulliver Quinn and the ABC pilot The Unprofessional.

2013–15: Girl Meets World and Eyes Wide Open

She portrayed young Merrin in the 2013 film Horns. Carpenter performed "Smile" for the album Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust And Pixie Dust";[8] the song charted on Radio Disney.[9] Her song "All You Need" is featured on the Sofia the First soundtrack.[10]

Carpenter signing autographs for fans in August 2014.

In January 2013, Carpenter was cast as Maya Hart in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World, opposite Rowan Blanchard.[4] The series is a sequel to the 1993–2000 ABC series Boy Meets World.[4] On March 14, 2014, Carpenter's debut single, "Can't Blame A Girl For Trying", premiered on Radio Disney, and was released on iTunes later in the day.[11] The song is the title track on her debut EP which was released on April 8 and was generally well received. Carpenter is featured on the Girl Meets World theme song, "Take On The World", which also features her co-star Blanchard. Carpenter performed the song "Stand Out" in the Disney Channel Original Movie How to Build a Better Boy, which premiered August 15, 2014, on Disney Channel.[12] On July 20, 2014, Carpenter contributed lead vocals to Disney Channel Circle of Stars's cover version of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"[13] In January 2015, it was announced that Carpenter, along with Sofia Carson, would star in a Disney Channel Original Movie, then titled Further Adventures in Babysitting, based on the 1987 movie Adventures in Babysitting.[14]

On February 22, Carpenter announced the title of her debut album Eyes Wide Open. It is preceded by the debut single "We'll Be the Stars" which was released on January 13, 2015. It was originally to be released April 21, 2015, but the release date got moved and the album was released on April 14, 2015. In 2015 she won a Radio Disney Music Award in the category "Best Crush Song" for her song "Can't Blame a Girl For Trying".

In December 2015 Carpenter portrayed the role of Wendy in the Pasadena Playhouse's production of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate's Christmas.[15]

2015–present: EVOLution

In August 2015, it was reported that Carpenter had begun work on her second album.[16] On November 5, 2015 she unveiled the artwork for her new single, "Christmas the Whole Year Round", which was released a week later.[17] On February 2, 2016, Carpenter announced via social media that a new single, "Smoke and Fire", would be released on February 19, 2016. Speaking of the single, Carpenter said: "Smoke and Fire was the first story that I was waiting to tell out of the many stories from the second album... I kind of write wherever I go. I'm always writing down things in my phone and in my notes on stuff that inspired me and stuff that I see in everyday life, or even just fun words."[18] While this song was expected to be on her second album, it does not appear on the track list due to Carpenter feeling her "evolution" came after the song. On July 29, 2016, Carpenter released "On Purpose", the first single from her sophomore album. On September 3, 2016, Carpenter announced her new album is titled EVOLution and is slated for a release on October 14, 2016.[19] The day after, on September 4, 2016, Carpenter also announced her first tour, the EVOLution Tour.[20] On October 11, 2016, she announced that the tour had sold out.[21]


In an interview with Disney Insider, Carpenter cited Christina Aguilera and Adele as musical influences.[22]

Personal life

She has an older sister, Sarah, who has appeared as a background character on several episodes of Girl Meets World.[23] She has another older sister named Shannon.[24]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
Eyes Wide Open 43
  • Released: October 14, 2016[26]
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak

Can't Blame a Girl
for Trying
  • Release: April 8, 2014
  • Formats: digital download
  • Label: Hollywood
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Title Year Album
"Can't Blame a Girl for Trying"[29] 2014 Can't Blame a Girl for Trying
"The Middle of Starting Over"[30]
"Silver Nights"[31] Non-album single
"We'll Be the Stars"[32] 2015 Eyes Wide Open
"Eyes Wide Open"[33]
"Christmas the Whole Year Round"[34] Non-album single
"Smoke and Fire"[18] 2016
"On Purpose"[35] EVOLution

Promotional singles

Title Year Album
"Make You Feel My Love"[36]
(with Nathaniel Hawk and Cameron Hawk)
2011 N/A
"Fall Apart"[36]
"Safe & Sound"[37] 2012
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"[38]
(with Ali Brustofski and Danielle Lowe)
"Take On the World"[39]
(with Rowan Blanchard)
"Stand Out"[40]
"All We Have Is Love 2016 EVOLution
"Run and Hide"

Guest appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Smile" 2012 N/A Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust
"All You Need" 2013 Ariel Winter Sofia the First[41]
"It’s Finally Christmas" N/A Disney Holidays Unwrapped
"Rescue Me" 2015 Teen Beach 2

Music videos

Song Year Director Notes
"Fall Apart" 2011 Hank Devos[42]
"Can't Blame a Girl for Trying" 2014 Kinga Burza[43]
"Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" Harry Perry III[44] Featured video; among Disney Channel Circle of Stars
"The Middle of Starting Over" The Young Astronauts[45]
"We'll Be the Stars" 2015 Sarah McClung[46][47]
"Eyes Wide Open"
"Smoke and Fire" 2016 Jessie Hill[48]
"On Purpose" James Miller[49]


Opening act


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Noobz Brittney
2013 Horns Young Merrin
Television roles
Year Title Role Note
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Paula Episode: "Possessed"
2012 Phineas and Ferb Sissi Voice role; episodes: "What a Croc!", "Ferb TV"
2012 Gulliver Quinn Iris Television film
2012 Unprofessional, TheThe Unprofessional Harper Television film
2013–2014 Sofia the First Princess Vivian Voice; recurring role; 6 episodes
2013 The Goodwin Games Chloe Goodwin (Young) Recurring role; 5 episodes
2013 Orange Is the New Black Jessica Wedge Episode: "Fucksgiving"
2013 Austin & Ally Lucy Episode: "Moon Week & Mentors"
2014–present Girl Meets World Maya Hart Main role
2015 Radio Disney Family Holiday Herself/Host Host
2016 Wander Over Yonder Melodie Voice role; episode: "The Legend"
2016 Walk the Prank Herself Episode: "Adventures in Babysitting"
2016 Adventures in Babysitting Jenny Disney Channel Original Movie
2016 Milo Murphy's Law Melissa Chase Voice role; main role
2017 Soy Luna TBA Upcoming guest role (season 2)[50]
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Just Dance Kids 2 Coach Song: "I'm a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Crush Song "Can't Blame a Girl for Trying" Won [51]
2016 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Anthem "Eyes Wide Open" Won [52]


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  2. 1 2 "Sabrina Carpenter — Maya Hart". Disney Channel Medianet. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014.
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  12. Sabrina Carpenter - Stand Out (from "How To Build A Better Boy"). DisneyMusicVEVO. August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2016 via YouTube.
  13. "Disney Channel Stars Team to Cover 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman?' from 'Frozen'". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  14. "Disney Channel Greenlights Original Movies 'Invisible Sister' Starring Rowan Blanchard & Paris Berelc & 'Further Adventures in Babysitting' Starring Sabrina Carpenter & Sofia Carson" (Press release). Disney Channel. January 9, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2016 via TV by the Numbers.
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  22. "Video: Sabrina Carpenter Dished On Musical Influences, Favorite Food, Touring & More With Disney Playlist". 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  23. "Sabrina and Sarah Carpenter. Disney Cruise Lines at Disney365". Youtube. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  24. "All In The Family: Pics That Prove Sabrina Carpenter & Her Sisters Are The Most Stylish Siblings Around". Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  25. "Billboard Chart History: Sabrina Carpenter". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
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  28. "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Little Big Town Returns to Top 20 in 'Girl Crush' Rush". Billboard. April 24, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
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  30. "Sabrina Carpenter "The Middle of Starting Over"". Ultimate Music. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  31. "Silver Nights — Single". iTunes. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  32. "We'll Be The Stars Song Arrives". M Magazine. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  33. "Sabrina Carpenter "Eyes Wide Open"". iTunes. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  34. "Sabrina Carpenter Reveals 'Christmas The Whole Year Round' Single Artwork". M Magazine. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  35. "Sabrina Carpenter "On Purpose"". Ultimate Music. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
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  37. "Safe and Sound — Single". iTunes. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  38. "I'll Be Home for Christmas — Single". iTunes. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  39. "Take on the World (Theme Song from "Girl Meets World") - Single by Rowan Blanchard & Sabrina Carpenter". iTunes. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  40. "Stand Up — Single". iTunes. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  41. "Sofia the First by The Cast of Sofia the First". iTunes. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  42. "Hank Devos works". Hank Devos Official Website. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
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  44. "Do You Want To Build A Snowman (from "Frozen") - Disney's Circle of Stars". VEVO. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  45. "The Middle of Starting Over (Official video)". VEVO. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
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  47. "Eyes Wide Open (Official video)". VEVO. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  48. "Smoke and Fire (Official video)". VEVO. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  49. "On Purpose (Official video)". VEVO. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  50. "Soy Luna, Segunda Temporada: Sabrina Carpenter, Invitada Especial | Happy FM". El Mundo (in Spanish). Spain. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  51. "2015 Radio Disney Music Awards: See the Winners List!". Billboard. April 25, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  52. "2016 Radio Disney Music Awards: See the Full List of Winners". Billboard. May 1, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
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