On February 22, Carpenter announced the title of her debut album, Eyes Wide Open.
On July 29, 2016, Carpenter released "On Purpose", the first single from her second album.On September 3, 2016, Carpenter announced the name of the album as Evolution In November 2016, she was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month appearing on NBC's Today show with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford performing her song "Thumbs".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.The album was originally to be released April 21, 2015, but the release date was 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".The Cheetah Girl impressed us more than any other dancing celebrity (although how adorable is Jennie Garth?!? Carpenter booked her first acting role in 2011, a guest role on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.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'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." While this song was expected to be on her second album, it does not appear on the tracklist due to Carpenter feeling her "evolution" came after the song.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.