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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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  2.   She Is Love
  3.   Something to Believe In
  4.   Meant to Be
  5.   Winterlove
  6.   Back Again
  7.   Kiss Me Slowly
  8.   Forever and Always
  9.   One Small Step
  10.   American Secrets
  11.   What Breaks My Heart
  12.   What Side of Love
  13.   Overnight
  14.   Philadelphia
  15.   What I Know
  16.   Be Here
  17.   Hearts Go Crazy
  18.   Blame It on Me
  19.   Waking Up
  20.   Jennie
  21.   Without You
  22.   Higher
  23.   The Only One
  24.   Can't Help
  25.   Can't Help
  26.   You and Me
  27.   White Dress
  28.   Losing Sleep
  29.   Words Meet Heartbeats
  30.   The Mess I Made
  31.   Ghost
  32.   Everything
  33.   The Other Side
  34.   All That I Am
  35.   Getaway
  36.   Lonely With Me
  37.   Hurricane
  38.   She (For Liz)
  39.   When You Move
  40.   New Orleans
  41.   Crave
  42.   Disappear
  43.   Waiting for That Call
  44.   Didn't See It Coming
  45.   Drive You Home
  46.   Hurricane by Parachute
  47.   Halfway
  48.   The New Year
  49.   Under Control
  50.   Love Me Anyway

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