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Catching Up With: Sabrina Carpenter

Written by Jean-Luc Vaval. Published: March 01 2016


Disney Channel’s Sabrina Carpenter is only 16 years old and is doing more than I ever did at that age! She's gone from being an actress on the hit show “Girl Meets World” to releasing a new single, “Smoke and Fire”, and yeah, it is FIRE for sure! Check it out below!




Yep, Sabrina is seconds away from taking over the world… Meanwhile, I sit here trying to figure out what to eat for dinner. I just want to know her secret! Take a look at our exclusive Q&A with the starlet to see if she spills!


YH: Your songs have a lot to do with love or relationships. Would you call yourself a sucker for love stories?

SC: I'm a sucker for any story with depth. Just so happens a lot of love stories do.


YH: What’s your favorite love story or “chick-flick”?

SC: Midnight in Paris.


YH: Where is your go-to place when writing music?

SC: It's usually always in a studio. Studios have become my comfortable place. I do, however, draw a lot of inspiration writing outdoors.


YH: Would you say that, when you write music, it’s like writing into a personal journal/diary?

SC: Yes and no. It's a diary to begin with, but then my stories become everybody's, so I'm always making sure, as personal as it may be to me, it can be universal. 


YH: What would you say your genre is? Your album, Eyes Wide Open, sounds a bit like vintage Taylor Swift, and your new single, “Smoke & Fire”, is very pop-dance.

SC: My genre is whatever you classify me as; everyone will have an opinion no matter what I say. And we all hear differently, but we know what we hear. To me, it's an expression of myself and the artists I draw inspiration from. It will always be growing and changing, just like me.


YH: Other than your own music, what songs do you have on repeat or are playing in your head?

SC: "Youth", Troye Sivan


YH: Is there anyone you’d like to work with or collab with musically?

SC: Hozier, Adele, and to sing with Paul McCartney. Those are the dreams.


YH: You are also on the show “Girl Meets World” -- How is the transition from actress to musician? Which do you like more, if you had to choose?

SC: It's actually a transition from musician to actress. I started with music first, which most people don't know, because who's gonna buy a 12-year-old's album? But I really don't think about it too much. I just love them both so passionately and want to improve at both. 


YH: You’ve done so much at such a young age! What are your outlooks or goals for the future?

SC: To keep going. Keep learning. And make sure I'm always happy. And that I can make others happy. 


YH: How do you get the creative juices flowing? Or do you just get a rush and stop everything you’re doing and write? Tell us your secret!

SC: It wouldn't be a secret if I told you!


YH: So what can you tell us about “Smoke and Fire”? What’s the message behind the song and the title?

SC: The title is metaphorical. Smoke and fire are emotions you experience in any type of situation, but in this one, particularly with how you feel after a relationship ends. 


YH: You co-wrote the song with Ido Zmishlany, correct? How is he? It must’ve been a great experience; he’s also written with Shawn Mendes!

SC: Ido is a gem. We make a great team. This was the first song we wrote together, and we always have fun. We both love what we do so it makes it easy. 


YH: What’s different about this album from your first album, Eyes Wide Open?

SC: New topics, wider range, new sound.


YH: Family support? Who’d you say is your biggest fan? Mom, dad, etc?

SC: My whole family supports me, 100%. I couldn't do anything without each piece of the puzzle.


YH: Any last words you’d like to leave us with? Any inspirations or just something you really want to say to our readers/viewers?

SC: Thank you for everything you do. Thank you for letting me do what I do. I love you and we're in this thing together. 


Sabrina, we hope you get to sing with Paul and work with Adele and Hozier very soon! We believe in you, gurl!


Follow Sabrina Carpenter on Instagram and Twitter. And be sure to check out Sabrina's live performance from the YH Studio, below!




(Photo via Judy Eddy/WENN)


- Jean-Luc Vaval, YH Contributing Writer