Sabrina Carpenter Watches Fan Covers on YouTube

On this episode of "You Sang My Song," Sabrina Carpenter watches fan covers of her songs on YouTube. She listens to covers of "Why," "Thumbs," "Exhale," "Almost Love," "Sue Me" and "Eyes Wide Open" and offers advice and kind words to the fans that created them.

Video Transcript

SABRINA CARPENTER: Oh my God.

ANDEE LILAH: Christmas came early.

CAROLINE ROMANO: That's like a dream come true.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Your voice is like butter.

ANNUR SIDNEY: That is so cute.

SARAH CARMOSINO: I want to make another cover, like, right after this.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Hello, "Glamour." It's Sabrina Carpenter, and you sang my song.

(SINGING) You can call it fire and ice, but we work so well, and we don't even know why.

SARAH CARMOSINO: (SINGING) Cold outside, and you're just in a T-shirt. I have cold blood even in a--

SABRINA CARPENTER: My God.

SARAH CARMOSINO: (SINGING) [INAUDIBLE]

SABRINA CARPENTER: Her bedroom is so neat.

SARAH CARMOSINO: I don't. I know you know.

SABRINA CARPENTER: I haven't made my bed. That reminded me. And her voice is so beautiful.

SARAH CARMOSINO: No, no, no. And you don't--

SABRINA CARPENTER: She's doing a little melody change. OK. I see you. I see you, Sarah. My sister's name is Sarah. Are we related?

SARAH CARMOSINO: Funny how we're not alike because we work so well, and we don't even know why. Funny how the stars crossed--

SABRINA CARPENTER: I know this song because I wrote it. This is so cool, and you're playing it on key.

SARAH CARMOSINO: We don't even know why, no, no. We don't even know, no, no, no, no.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Aw. She made it really emotional. I really love this version. Also, her eyebrows are captivating. That was so beautiful, Sarah. Thank you so much for blessing us on this fine day.

She has a very, very soothing voice. As you can tell, I've started to now have a calmer tone. It's because of Sarah. Sarah's really rubbing off on me. No, I mean, my whole thing, like, growing up was I started doing covers before I ever started writing my own music, and my favorite thing was to make them my own and sing songs by other artists in the style that my voice was made to sing them in. And she sang my song in her own style, which is like. She sounds like an angel.

The piano playing also got me because I don't think a lot of people realize how tricky it actually is to sing and play, and I have so much respect when people do that. And, you know, I try to incorporate that within my live shows, but it is definitely difficult. So Sarah is just outshining me right now, basically.

Sarah, I love this cover so much. I think you're so talented. I hope I get to meet you in person soon and we can brush our eyebrows together. That would be fun.

My God. Her bedroom is so neat.

SARAH CARMOSINO: [LAUGHS]

SABRINA CARPENTER: She's doing that little melody change. OK. I see you. I see you, Sarah. My sister's name is Sarah. Are we related? I know this song because I wrote it. It's so cool. And you're playing on keys. I haven't learned it on keys yet, so I'm going to watch this back as a tutorial later.

Also, her eyebrows are captivating. Wow. Thank you so much for blessing us on this fine day.

SARAH CARMOSINO: Oh my God. This is so cool.

SABRINA CARPENTER: All right, Sarah, I love this cover so much. I think you're so talented. I hope I get to meet you in person soon and we can brush our eyebrows. That would be kind of fun.

SARAH CARMOSINO: [LAUGHS] Oh my God, that was so cool. Wow. I feel like what everyone would want from putting a cover that they worked so hard on, like, out onto the internet is for the person that they were inspired by to, like, see it and have respect for what they've done with the song, how they, like, made it their own. So that's just, like, a little mind blowing.

Thank you so much for believing in what I'm doing and for inspiring girls like myself and so many others to keep doing what they're doing and following their dreams. And my room is not that neat. It's one corner.

SABRINA CARPENTER: (SINGING) I keep on twiddling them thumbs. Skiddly-dee-da-dum.

My God, those lasers.

MEGAN JOBE: (SINGING) Somewhere in the world there is a father and a mother, and the father has a son who has a mother.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Megan, you're playing, like, 97 instruments. All these detailed shots. This is like your own music video.

MEGAN JOBE: So that;s just the way of the world. That's just the way of the world. Somewhere in the world they think they're working for themselves. They get up every day and go to work for someone else. So they keep on twiddling them thumbs. Skiddly-dee-da-dum.

SABRINA CARPENTER: What? This is amazing.

MEGAN JOBE: --on twiddling them thumbs. So they keep on twiddling them thumbs. Skiddly-dee-da-dum. Skiddly-dee-da-dum. They're going to keep on--

SABRINA CARPENTER: The detail in these shots, that was so impressive. There was, like, eight of you. I couldn't even count how many of you there were. And your headset-- are you Britney Spears? I feel like I'm at a rave. I feel like, actually, you're at a rave.

No, I think this is so fun. I remember I used to make videos like this when I was around 12. I had, like, a green screen in my basement. My dad was so sweet and painted a wall green for me because I was like, Dad, I want to make videos, and I want the freedom and ability to be able to transport myself to Australia or Japan or Paris in seconds. And I filmed so many covers and silly videos with my sister in front of a green screen, so this is, like, taking me back.

You made your own arrangement, your vocals. Everything is a big serve. This was a big serve.

It's also so inspiring to see someone this young, like, being able to kind of self-produce and get really involved in what they're making and feel really connected and passionate about it because that's always how I was. But when I was, like, that age, I felt like the odd one out. I felt really weird for kind of wanting that creative control and just kind of diving into everything that I was doing, so I admire your passion and work ethic, it seems.

My God, those lasers.

MEGAN JOBE: Wow.

(SINGING) (ON VIDEO) That's just the way of the world. Skiddly-dee-da-dum.

SABRINA CARPENTER: What? This is amazing. The detail in these shots. That was so impressive. There, was, like, eight of you. I admire your passion and work ethic, it seems.

MEGAN JOBE: I thought it was really cool that she said her dad painted a wall to be a green screen because my dad did the same thing in our garage. It means so much to me, and it shows me how great of a role model she really is. She has her own personality, and she's not afraid to show that. I want to make another cover, like, right after this.

Thank you so much for being such an amazing role model for me and probably millions of others, and thank you so much for watching my video and for all those nice things. It was just so much fun doing the song and hearing your feedback.

SABRINA CARPENTER: (SINGING) Can I exhale for a minute?

ANNUR SIDNEY: (SINGING) [INAUDIBLE] Can I exhale for a second? Can we talk this out?

SABRINA CARPENTER: I'm going to leave. This is my song? I think it's hers.

ANNUR SIDNEY: Just one second baby. And I'm [INAUDIBLE].

SABRINA CARPENTER: I'm trying to sing along, but I can't. I know she's going to change it up on me, and I love it.

ANNUR SIDNEY: [INAUDIBLE]

SABRINA CARPENTER: Hold on. Let me go back for a second.

ANNUR SIDNEY: And I sit down for a moment. [INAUDIBLE]

SABRINA CARPENTER: I don't know why I've never seen this cover before. I don't know how you guys found this cover. I'm usually pretty good at, like, being a detective online and stalking my fans, but this is definitely one of the coolest versions of this song that I've heard.

I wrote this song not ever thinking that I would release it, and now that I have and I've seen so many people kind of just take it and make it their own and turn it into something that belongs to them has been very, very inspiring for me.

Oh my gosh. You playing this on guitar too and, like, this tie-dye background that's going on. Everything feels good in the world right now. Your voice is like butter. It's very silky.

I think it's "A-nor". "A-ner." I'm not quite sure. I want to follow you on Twitter I want to know everything you're up to. I want to see more covers. Seriously, this is maybe my favorite cover I've heard of this song so far. You made it your own in every way possible. Oh, I'm so excited. I feel inspired. I'm going to write more music now. I'm going to go write another album.

ANNUR SIDNEY: (SINGING) Can I exhale for a second? Can we talk this out?

SABRINA CARPENTER: I'm going to leave. This is my song? I think it's hers.

Let me go back for a second. Your voice is like butter. It's very silky.

So I hear that this song helped you through a hard time in your life, as it did for me, and that means the world to me that this song can be there as medicine in more than one way. I can't tell you how many times I, like, heard a song exactly when I needed to hear that song and then spent hours on the piano learning it or just, like, kind of singing it just because it made me feel better or it made me feel calm. And I'm going to listen to your version of it whenever I feel [INAUDIBLE]--

ANNUR SIDNEY: [LAUGHS]

SABRINA CARPENTER: --from now on.

ANNUR SIDNEY: That was so cute. Now she's making me bashful. At first I was like when she was telling me, like, oh, it helped me through a time, I almost-- I was like, I'm not going to cry now. I'm not going to cry. I'm not going to cry. I'm about to explode. For her to be like, oh, you made it your own, it's really cool. It means a lot to me that she's even inspired just me singing her song. So "pshh." It's amazing.

Thank you so much for giving me inspiration. Thank you so much for making such a beautiful song. It makes me want to do more music. I hope to make a song where "Exhale" touched me, like, how it did-- you were going through a hard time, and it can help someone else go through a hard time because we're all just people in this world trying to figure things out. So thank you so much for being such a beautiful human being.

SABRINA CARPENTER: (SINGING) Almost love. Almost love.

- (SINGING) Can you feel the tension rising? Now you're getting [INAUDIBLE]. Almost love. Almost love. [INAUDIBLE] because I'm excited. No more-- no more taking it slow. No more. No more taking it slow.

SABRINA CARPENTER: I'm trying to do the third part. Anybody? No one?

- Almost love. Almost love, but it could be love. Almost love, but it can love.

SABRINA CARPENTER: So beautiful. I want to be the third sister. Can we make this happen somehow?

- Almost la-la-la-la-la. Almost love, but it could be love. It could be love, oh no.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Oh my God. Can we talk about the sister harmonies? My sister and I have been singing together. She's been my backup vocalist ever since I started when I was, like-- started in a band when I was 14. We would harmonize everything. We still do. Like, I'll be, like, sitting in the kitchen humming something and she'll harmonize what I'm humming. So that just made me really, really happy to see you guys in front of a nice ocean.

Sofia and Bella, you guys are incredible, and your harmonies are perfect, and I think the world of you guys.

- Oh.

- (SINGING) (ON VIDEO) Can you feel the tension?

- She watched it?

- Oh my gosh.

- Oh my gosh.

- (ON VIDEO) (SINGING) Almost love. Almost love.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

SABRINA CARPENTER: I'm trying to do the third part. Anybody? No one?

- (ON VIDEO) (SINGING) Almost love. Almost love.

- That's amazing.

- That is so funny. I can't believe she actually watched this.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Oh my God. It's so beautiful. I want to be the third sister. Can we make this happen somehow? You guys are incredible, and I think the world of you guys.

- Wow. That is just amazing.

- That is so nice. Oh my gosh. She's so amazing.

- Oh my gosh. Wow.

- I can't believe she saw it. I don't even know what to say.

- I'm speechless. Like, what? What? What?

- Oh my gosh.

- It's so nice.

- It's amazing. [INAUDIBLE] We love you so much.

- Just thank you. You're amazing.

- Thank you. You're so amazing. Oh my gosh. And we look up to you.

- Yes, a lot.

- Yeah.

- Thank you.

SABRINA CARPENTER: (SINGING) So sue me for looking so pretty tonight.

ANDEE LILAH: (SINGING) That's my name. Don't wear it out though. [INAUDIBLE] myself can't be illegal.

SABRINA CARPENTER: No.

ANDEE LILAH: Illegal.

SABRINA CARPENTER: What?

ANDEE LILAH: So sue me for looking so pretty tonight.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Oh, this is very passionate. Ooh.

ANDEE LILAH: [INAUDIBLE] favorite color under the lights. And running into you the place that we met, but being something you can't forget. I guess I'm hard to ignore. Pick up that jar off the floor.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Andee, do you know how hard that song is to sing? When I wrote that song, specifically I walked into the studio and I was like, I want to write a song that's very hard for me to sing, so much that once I have to sing it on a morning show, I'm going to cry that morning. You made it so beautiful and, like, you holding out these notes, you just, like, doing your thing, and your voice is so pure like a cinnamon bun. I actually kind of want to listen to the end again.

ANDEE LILAH: I'm looking so pretty tonight. [INAUDIBLE]

SABRINA CARPENTER: Like, I would use that. I might use that if I do, like, a piano version.

I always love when you can take an upbeat song and slow it down and just play it kind of instrumental. You know, that's how I like to write most songs is just, like, acoustic on one instrument because you know then this song broken down is kind of just as powerful as the song built up with a bunch of production. And that song has a lot of production, so it's really, really special to see you sing it.

You did something there with this, Andee. I love you.

ANDEE LILAH: (ON VIDEO) That's my name.

Oh my God.

Don't wear it out though. Feeling myself can't be illegal.

SABRINA CARPENTER: No.

ANDEE LILAH: Oh my God.

Illegal.

What is my life right now? She knows I exist. I can die happy.

SABRINA CARPENTER: This is very passionate. Ooh.

ANDEE LILAH: It's passionate. I feel like the happiest person right now. I feel like it's my birthday. I feel like it's Christmas. Christmas came early, and it's just, what, July?

SABRINA CARPENTER: Andee, you made it so beautiful, and, like, you holding out these notes, you just, like, doing your thing and your voice is so pure, like a cinnamon bun.

ANDEE LILAH: Oh my God. She said my voice sounds like a cinnamon bun.

SABRINA CARPENTER: We have the [INAUDIBLE] bracelet on. I actually kind of want to listen to end again, if you don't mind.

ANDEE LILAH: Oh.

SABRINA CARPENTER: I would use that. I might use that if I do, like, a piano version.

ANDEE LILAH: Sure. Use it, girl. Use it, whatever.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Yeah, that's-- you did something there with this, Andee.

ANDEE LILAH: Oh my God.

SABRINA CARPENTER: I love you so much.

ANDEE LILAH: I love you too. Probably I'm going to cry after this video, but right now I'm trying to keep my composure. I'm going to go to work later with, you know, like-- it gave me goose bumps. It's different when the artist who inspires you, like, really sees your work and just says so many nice things about it. It really inspires me to, like, continue what I'm doing.

Sometimes, you know, you get demotivated. It really just affirms that this is my life purpose and this is my passion and that I should continue doing it, and that's all an artist wants, you know, when you recognize that they have put in their own style into it.

So thank you. Thank you so much, Sabrina. When I listened to your music, it was during a time when I was feeling very, very low, and it's just I feel like I've lost myself. But listening to your music really helped me get me through that tough time. I am enough and that I have so much to offer to the world, and thank you so much for reminding me of that.

SABRINA CARPENTER: (SINGING) I keep my eyes wide open.

JENNY HA: (SINGING) Everybody loves to tell me I was born an old soul, so much that I don't know. I think about my granddad's eyes, and they always send me home.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Chorus.

JENNY HA: I keep my eyes wide open. Bless this ground unbroken. I'm about to--

SABRINA CARPENTER: All right, she did it. I didn't have to do anything.

JENNY HA: [INAUDIBLE] to keep my faith and my eyes wide open.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Jenny. OK, so that was, like, a very old song of mine. I think I released that song when I was 15 or 16. You singing on perfect pitch and so clean-- everything is very clean and articulate. You have such a beautiful voice and such a beautiful tone and hit all those notes effortlessly as if they were just easy.

JENNY HA: (SINGING) (ON VIDEO) I was born an old soul.

Oh my god. She's watching my video.

Better keep my eyes wide open.

Oh my God. Is this happening?

SABRINA CARPENTER: Chorus.

JENNY HA: I keep my eyes wide open.

Oh my gosh. She just sang with me.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Oh my gosh. Jenny, you have such a beautiful voice and such a beautiful tone and hit all those notes effortlessly as if they were just easy.

JENNY HA: Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. She just sand with me. She just-- she just harmonized. That's been, like, my number, like, one dream to, like, sing with her, and she-- that's like it's just been achieved right there.

It just means the world to me coming from her because, like, I look up to her so much. And, like, the fact that she actually watched my video and, like, all her comments on it just made my heart so happy, and I'm so happy right now.

Sabrina has shown me that it's OK to be vulnerable. Thank you, Sabrina, for always inspiring me to, like, continue, like, pursuing music, and thank you for putting your heart and soul into every song you make because that's what keeps me going. And, like, every song that you write I relate to it so much.

To see you harmonizing with me, that was so-- that was amazing. Thank you so much.

SABRINA CARPENTER: (SINGING) They keep on twiddling on them thumbs. Skiddly-dee-da-dum.

CAROLINE ROMANO: (SINGING) That's just the way of the world. That's just the way of the world.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Your hair is a mermaid.

CAROLINE ROMANO: And so they keep on--

SABRINA CARPENTER: Is your hair natural? Your hair is flawless. Also, why is the lighting in this so beautiful?

CAROLINE ROMANO: --on twiddling them thumbs. Skiddly-dee-da-dum-dum-dum.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Also, this production is really beautiful, really stunning. These shots are kind of cinematic.

CAROLINE ROMANO: They're going to keep on twiddling them thumbs. Skiddly-dee-da-dum-dum-dum.

SABRINA CARPENTER: I don't know want to say. I'm actually very taken aback in how all these have existed on the internet and I was not aware that people were making, like, better music videos to my songs than I was. I hope this is on Spotify, like, later. I'm going to add it to my playlist, you know what I mean? Like, my version doesn't exist.

No, these are so, so incredible. Like, I hope you had fun making this because it seems like you had a lot of fun making it. Is that cheesy to say?

It's a very soulful version of this song. The song's already soulful to begin with, and I kind of always thought of that song as like-- I don't know. It felt very like, "Fame" to me in a weird way, but it was obviously more modern, and the production is very pop. But there was always so much soul in the melody of the song. And hearing your version, you put a lot of your own soul into it, which I love.

This is a music video.

CAROLINE ROMANO: Oh my god. No way.

SABRINA CARPENTER: [INAUDIBLE]

CAROLINE ROMANO: (SINGING) --but they let them get away.

Oh my gosh.

--working to [INAUDIBLE] the very same.

I am freaking out.

That's just the way of the world.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Your hair is a mermaid.

CAROLINE ROMANO: Oh my God. Sabrina Carpenter just complimented my hair.

--keep on twiddling--

This is not happening.

They're going to keep on--

She's so perfect.

--twiddling them thumbs. Skiddly-dee-da-dum-dum-dum.

Oh my God.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Caroline, is your hair natural?

CAROLINE ROMANO: It is natural, Sabrina.

SABRINA CARPENTER: Your hair is flawless.

CAROLINE ROMANO: What?

SABRINA CARPENTER: I don't know what to say. I'm actually very taken aback. I don't know. Like, I hope this is on Spotify, like, later. I'm going to add it to my playlist--

CAROLINE ROMANO: Oh my God.

SABRINA CARPENTER: --you know what I mean? Like, I hope you had fun making this--

CAROLINE ROMANO: I had a lot of fun.

SABRINA CARPENTER: --because it seems you had a lot of fun making it. You put a lot of your own soul into it, which I love.

CAROLINE ROMANO: Thank you. Oh my gosh. That is crazy. I was not expecting that, like, at all. I was like-- oh my God. That's, like, a dream come true. That's insane. I feel, like, overwhelmed and, like, not worthy for Sabrina Carpenter to, like, see it because she's, like, so pretty.

And it's just kind of crazy that she, like, saw that. That was always, like, a hope of mine, but I didn't think it was going to happen. And she was, like, so nice. Thank you for literally owning yourself and being such the boss lady that you are. You're just the queen of everything you do, and you've inspired me through some really hard times, and I'm so excited to see what you keep doing with your music and your life. You're awesome.

SABRINA CARPENTER: All I have to say about all these amazing covers that I just saw is please keep making them and tag me so I can watch them on my own time because apparently I'm not very good at finding them. I love watching these more than you guys know.

I haven't really thought about how many covers there are living out there of these songs. And, you know, the way that I wrote these songs when I was sitting in whatever room that I wrote them in is so different from how they end up and how you guys perceive them. So I'm blown away. It's so incredible to see that we're still kind of all using music as this through line for communication and using it to help inspire other people because, you know, even though these are my songs, I feel, like, reinspired in a weird way. You guys give me so many ideas, and I just love you so much. You're all very cute. I want to pinch your cheeks.

All right, "Glamour," thank you so much for having me. I love you guys, and I'll be back soon.

(SINGING) --work so well, and we don't even know why.