Sabrina Carpenter is saying a thoughtful goodbye to her childhood vocal coach, Rita, who passed away this week.
The “Why” singer penned an emotional note on Instagram looking back at the impact the teacher had on her from a young age, from believing in her at six years old to introducing her to legendary music to fueling the love of entertaining she still has today.
“Sitting in the studio today knowing that I’m doing exactly what she said I’d be doing, 12 years later, all I can do is sob and sob,” Sabrina wrote.
“I grew up with this woman and she became family,” she added. “She came to visit me at my hometown radio station on tour this summer and I didn’t know it would be the last time I saw her.”
We know Rita would be SO proud of the amazing dreams Sabrina has achieved, which stand as a testament to how wonderful a coach she truly must have been.
this woman was my moms vocal coach as a child.. the only person my mom trusted enough that she would tell her the truth on if pursuing music would be a waste of time for me. I was six years old when she told my mom that pursuing singing would not be a waste of time. she told my mom that i had talent and believed in me and taught me how to stand on a stage and smile and entertain a crowd. she brushed me up on the classics. Patsy Cline, Judy garland, Etta James, it goes on and on. i would drive over an hour to her house on Saturday mornings. I grew up with this woman and she became family. she passed away yesterday at 92 years old. i swear to you if you met her you’d have thought she’d live forever. She had the metabolism and energy of a child. She came to visit me at my hometown radio station on tour this summer and i didn’t know it would be the last time i saw her. but sitting in the studio today knowing that I’m doing exactly what she said I’d be doing, 12 years later, all i can do is sob and sob. I love you Rita. Thank u for believing in me. Rest easy.