updated 02/01/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/01/2012 AT 10:10 AM ET
The aspiring singer passed away in upstate New York, Access Hollywood reports. No other details were immediately available.
“Our family is grieving right now and it’s a private matter,” the Carter family said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened for the loss of our beloved sister, daughter and granddaughter, Leslie Carter. We request the utmost privacy during this difficult time.”
Leslie’s song “Like Wow!” was included on the Shrek soundtrack in 2001, but her recording career never took off.
She was reportedly married in 2008 and gave birth to a daughter last April.