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

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