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Parachute took root in the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, where the group honed its mix of pop/rock, funk, and contemporary blue-eyed soul under their original name Sparky's Flaw. Formed by high school students Will Anderson (vocals, guitar), Johnny Stubblefield (drums), Christopher "Kit" French (saxophone, keyboards), Alex Hargrave (bass), and Nate McFarland (guitar), Sparky's Flaw generated a healthy buzz around town and eventually became popular at the nearby University of Virginia, where they opened for Robert Randolph. After gaining more popularity with an independently released EP, 2005's One Small Step, the band partnered with Red Light Management and later signed with Smash Records, an imprint of the recently revived Mercury Records. Before entering their final year at the University of Virginia, Sparky's Flaw released a self-titled EP in August 2007 and began laying the groundwork for a full-length album. Several months later, the band adopted a new name -- Parachute -- and contributed a song to the national TV campaign for Nivea. Losing Sleep appeared in May 2009, marking Parachute's major-label debut and peaking at number 40 on the Billboard charts. The band opened for Kelly Clarkson that fall and appeared on the Internet broadcast Live at Daryl's House with Daryl Hall. More touring took place the following year, including additional dates with Clarkson and a headlining run with British songwriter Joe Brooks. Parachute began including newer songs in their set lists and eventually returned to the studio to record their sophomore effort, 2011's The Way It Was. Their third LP, 2013's Overnight, pushed the band further into the pop realm and subsequently became their highest-charting effort, reaching number 15 on Billboard's Top 200. Prior to the band's next album, bassist Hargrave and guitarist McFarland departed, slimming Parachute down to a trio. The remaining members worked with longtime producer John Fields to complete sessions for their fourth LP, Wide Awake, which was released in early 2016. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  1.   Song
  2.   She Is Love
  3.   Something to Believe In
  4.   New Orleans
  5.   Meant to Be
  6.   Winterlove
  7.   Kiss Me Slowly
  8.   White Dress
  9.   Forever and Always
  10.   Crave
  11.   The Other Side
  12.   Blame It on Me
  13.   Lonely With Me
  14.   Can't Help
  15.   Be Here
  16.   The Mess I Made
  17.   Under Control
  18.   What Breaks My Heart
  19.   Love Me Anyway
  20.   Jennie
  21.   What Side of Love
  22.   Disappear
  23.   The Only One
  24.   What I Know
  25.   Losing Sleep
  26.   Words Meet Heartbeats
  27.   All That I Am
  28.   Waking Up
  29.   Getaway
  30.   When You Move
  31.   Without You
  32.   Higher
  33.   Waiting for That Call
  34.   Didn't See It Coming
  35.   Overnight
  36.   Drive You Home
  37.   Philadelphia
  38.   American Secrets
  39.   One Small Step
  40.   The New Year
  41.   She (For Liz)
  42.   Back Again
  43.   You and Me
  44.   Everything
  45.   Hearts Go Crazy
  46.   Ghost
  47.   Hurricane
  48.   Hurricane by Parachute
  49.   Can't Help
  50.   Halfway

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