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Will Anderson and Johnny Stubblefield, friends from childhood, formed the band Sparky's Flaw while attending Charlottesville High School; Kit French and Alex Hargrave, long-time friends and classmates of the two, soon joined. While in college, the band signed a record deal with Mercury Records in August 2007. In the same month, Nate McFarland, a classmate and friend of Anderson's at the University of Virginia, joined the band. McFarland and Anderson were both part of the all-male acapella group, the Virginia Gentlemen, while at college.

After graduating from college in May 2008, the band began touring full time. Later that year, they changed their name to Parachute in anticipation of their major label debut the following year. Parachute has been touring with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, The Script, O.A.R., Switchfoot, Matt Nathanson, Michelle Branch, Jon McLaughlin, The Goo Goo Dolls, Needtobreathe, The All-American Rejects and Andy Grammer. Following the release of Losing Sleep in the summer of 2009, they toured with 3 Doors Down, The Script, Secondhand Serenade and Kelly Clarkson.

Their "She Is Love" and "Under Control" were used on Nivea's national skincare TV commercials. As part of the campaign, Parachute shared the Nivea Countdown Stage with the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift in front of over a million people in Times Square for New Year's Eve in 2008.

Parachute's debut album Losing Sleep became available in stores and online on May 19, 2009. It was produced by Chris Keup, John Shanks and John Fields. On May 12, it was released exclusively on iTunes with a bonus track. The second single from the album, "Under Control", was also highlighted as the 'Free iTunes Single of the Week'. A deluxe edition of the album was released on August 4, 2009.[5] The song "Back Again" is featured in the video game Band Hero which was released on November 3, 2009.

On June 15, 2009, Will Anderson and Kit French appeared as Parachute on the twentieth episode of Live From Daryl's House, the monthly internet concert from Daryl Hall. They performed four songs from their debut album as well as the Hall & Oates tracks "Say It Isn't So" and "It's a Laugh". In August 2009, Parachute was featured as a 'Soundcheck Risers' artist on walmart.com.

Parachute's second full-length album, The Way It Was, was released on May 17, 2011. "Something to Believe In" was the first single, followed by "Kiss Me Slowly" and "You and Me". Also in May 2011, "You and Me" was featured as a 'Now What's Next Bonus Track' on Now That's What I Call Music 38.

Parachute announced their plans for a third full-length album in late 2012. "Hearts Go Crazy", originally intended as the lead single, was released on iTunes on February 26, 2013 featuring a new electronic direction to the band's sound. A second single, "Can't Help", written by Will Anderson and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic (who originally intended for the song to be given to Cee Lo Green), was released on June 2, 2013. The band also performed "Can't Help" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On June 13, 2013, the band announced that their third album would be called Overnight, and it was released on August 13, 2013. "Hearts Go Crazy", originally intended to be the lead single, was not included on the album and the band instead promoted "Can't Help", later releasing a music video in support of this radio single. The album, Overnight, continuously topped the iTunes album charts in the top ten during its first day and week of release, reaching the #3 spot, and has since garnered national and international recognition. "Overnight" also marked the band's highest chart position, reaching as high as fifteen on the US Billboard 200. In May 2014, Nate McFarland announced on the Parachute Facebook Page that he was leaving the band to study Business in University

Parachute is a pop rock band from Charlottesville, Virginia
The members graduated from college in May 2008 and since then have been touring and promoting their albums
Will Anderson (vocals, guitar, keyboard)
Johnny Stubblefield (drums)
Alex Hargrave (bass)
Kit French (saxophone, keyboard, vocals)
Nate McFarland (guitar, vocals

Originally named "Sparky's Flaw", the band changed its name to "Parachute" in 2008
The reason for this came from the fact that Nivea wasn't willing to feature a band with the word flaw in its name
Since their graduation from college, Parachute has been touring with artists such as O.A.R., Switchfoot, Duffy, Matt Nathanson, and Jon McLaughlin

 

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Kiss Me Slowly
She Is Love
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