Leslie Carter (born Leslie Barbara Carter on June 6, 1986 in Tampa, Florida) was a teenage pop singer and the older sister of Aaron Carter.
In 1999, Leslie signed a record deal with Dreamworks Records and began recording her debut album which was supposed to be released the following year in June, but it was delayed due to the label wanting to test Leslie’s fan base before releasing the album.
Her first single “Like Wow!” peaked at #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Shrek”. The song became Leslie’s only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Her follow-up single “I Need to Hear From You” was released promotionally, but failed to make any impact on the charts.
Leslie’s debut album “Like Wow” was supposed to be released in April of 2001, but Dreamworks Records cancelled the album’s release, reportedly due to issues from the set of Leslie’s debut music video. Despite the album’s official cancellation, promotional copies later became available online.
After that, not much was heard about Leslie’s music career until around 2005 when she began a small club tour in Canada and had a showcase in New York City in January of 2006, hoping to land a new record deal. In late 2006, she formed a band called The Other Half, but in September of 2009, the band mutually disbanded.
In 2008, Leslie married Mike Ashton and moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 2011, she gave birth to her only child, a daughter named Alyssa Jane. During that same year, she attended a youth rehab facility in LaVerkin, Utah, but was pulled before the program completed.
Sadly on January 31, 2012, Leslie was found unresponsive at her father’s home in Mayville, New York and pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital in Westfield, New York. She was 25 years old at the time of her death. According to various reports, the cause of Leslie’s death was an overdose of prescription medications and she suffered from bipolar disorder.
Rest in peace, Leslie Carter. You will always be remembered.
To see the music video for “Like Wow,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “I Need to Hear It,” go to: