Parachute (band)

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American pop rock band Parachute live in 2008
American pop rock band Parachute live in 2008
Background information
Also known asSparky's Flaw
OriginCharlottesville, Virginia, United States
Years active2006 (2006)–present
LabelsMercury, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Vanguard, DreamWorks
  • Will Anderson (vocals, guitar, piano)
  • Johnny Stubblefield (drums)
  • Kit French (keyboards, vocals, saxophone)
Past members
  • Dave Glover (guitar)
  • Peter De Jong (guitar)
  • Eric Prum (piano)
  • Nate McFarland (guitar, vocals)
  • Alex Hargrave (bass)
  • Michael Reaves (percussion)

Parachute is an American pop-rock band from Charlottesville, Virginia, United States.[1] Formed in 2006, they released their major-label debut album, Losing Sleep, in 2009, followed by their second album, The Way It Was, in 2011 and their third album, Overnight, in 2013. Vanguard Records released the band's fourth album, Wide Awake, on March 11, 2016.


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 a cappella group, the Virginia Gentlemen, while at college.[2] After graduating from college in May 2008, the band began touring full-time. Later that year, they changed their name to Parachute.

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.[3] The song "Back Again" is featured in the video game Band Hero which was released on November 3, 2009.

Their songs "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.

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".[4] In August 2009, Parachute was featured as a 'Soundcheck Risers' artist on[5] "She is Love," was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on June 30, 2017.[6]

Parachute's second full-length album, The Way It Was, was released on May 17, 2011. It debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200 chart, number 7 on the Rock Albums chart, and number 4 on the Digital Albums chart.[7] The single "What I Know" was a free track available for exclusive download on iTunes during release week. On December 4, 2010, Parachute released a video on ESPN and ABC for "Something to Believe In". Kiss Me Slowly was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on June 30, 2017.[8]

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 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 was released on August 13, 2013. The band promoted "Can't Help" to radio stations, later releasing a music video in support of this single. The album continuously topped the iTunes album charts in the top ten during its first day and week of release, reaching the #3 spot. "Overnight" also marked the band's highest chart position, reaching as high as 15 on the US Billboard 200.

In May 2014, Nate McFarland announced on the Parachute Facebook page that he was leaving the band to pursue his MBA at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.

On May 12, 2015, the band debuted their new song "Crave".

On January 24, 2016, Billboard magazine featured the band's new single "Without You" from their fourth album Wide Awake.[9] The album was released on March 11, 2016 and reached number one on the iTunes Pop chart and number two overall, and has garnered over 50 million Spotify listens to date.


Parachute opened for The Script on their first tour of the United States in August 2009. They then toured North America alongside Kelly Clarkson between October and December 2009, opening on October 6 in New York City at the Hammerstein Ballroom and making stops in Chicago, Las Vegas and Seattle.[10] In January 2010, Parachute embarked on another three-week string of performances, sharing the stage with alternative rock band SafetySuit.

From February to March 2010, Parachute rejoined Clarkson for the European leg of her All I Ever Wanted Tour, where they performed for the first time across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark. Their experience abroad prompted Parachute to sign on for more dates in the UK later on that May.[11] In the fall of 2010, the band headlined their US tour with singer-songwriter Joe Brooks and pop rock outfit Hot Chelle Rae as support acts. In the spring of 2011, Parachute went on tour opening for the Plain White T's.

After the release of The Way It Was, Parachute toured alongside Michelle Branch and the Goo Goo Dolls throughout the summer of 2011, playing at major arenas and amphitheaters.[12] They continued to tour with a co-headlining run with Kate Voegele. In the summer of 2012, Parachute toured with the band The Cab.[13] In the fall of 2012, Parachute toured with The All-American Rejects and Boys Like Girls. In the fall of 2013, Parachute headlined a tour with opener Matt Hires.[14] During the spring of 2013, Parachute toured with Andy Grammer.

In the summer of 2013, the band embarked on a nationwide headlining tour, including 32 dates, in support of their new album Overnight, the majority of which were sell-out shows. Parachute completed a fifteen stop, national headlining tour in November 2013, this time co-headlining with The Plain White T's. Since touring with The Plain White T's, Parachute continued their Overnight tour by opening shows for Gavin DeGraw and band Needtobreathe in 2014.[15] They headlined a two-month tour called "Meant to Be" named after one of their songs on their latest album, Overnight. During the summer of 2015, Parachute toured acoustically on their "Stripped" tour.

On March 26, 2016, they kicked off the first leg of their headlining tour, The Wide Awake Tour, in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia in support of their fourth album Wide Awake.[16] The band also embarked on a second leg of the tour over the summer of 2016, starting and ending in July.[17] In October and November 2016, Parachute was one of three openers for Needtobreathe on their Fall 2016 tour Tour De Compadres.

In the spring of 2017, the band headlined once again on The Getaway Tour, with opener Kris Allen. The tour began in Dallas on April 2, and it ended in Nashville on April 27, 2017. Since then the group has embarked on individual endeavours focused on spiritual enlightenment, with frontrunner Will Anderson primarily focusing on family life.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions[18]
Losing Sleep 40 2
The Way It Was 19 4 7
  • Released: August 13, 2013
  • Label: Mercury
  • Formats: CD, digital download
15 7
Wide Awake[19]
  • Released: March 11, 2016
  • Label: Vanguard
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: May 10, 2019
  • Label: Parachute
  • Formats: CD, digital download, Vinyl
"–" denotes album that did not chart.


Year Title
2002 Live from the Recording Studio (1,000 copies printed)
2005 One Small Step (2,000 copies printed)
2007 Sparky's Flaw EP
2009 Winterlove EP
2014 Live from Minneapolis


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
Adult Pop
Rock Digital
"She Is Love" 2009 66 17 14 37 Losing Sleep
"Under Control" 27
"Something to Believe In" 2011 14 34 The Way It Was
"Kiss Me Slowly" 111 20 10
"You and Me" 37
"Can't Help" 2013 21 Overnight
"Without You" 2016 Wide Awake
"What Side of Love"
"Young" 2019 Parachute


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  2. ^ JessiWithoutAnE (28 October 2007). "Virginia Gentlemen "Hey There Delilah"". YouTube. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Losing Sleep (Deluxe Edition) by Parachute". iTunes. Apple Inc. 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  4. ^ "Live From Daryl's House". Live From Daryl's House. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  5. ^ Walmart Soundcheck Risers - Watch Parachute Interviews, Live Performances, Music Videos Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2018-11-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Lindsey (January 14, 2016). "Hear Pop-Rockers Parachute's Gospel-Infused New Song 'Without You': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "Parachute To Tour With Kelly Clarkson". Pop Awesome. 2 October 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  11. ^ "UK Tour and new US dates!". Parachute. 15 March 2010. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Parachute Official Fan Site". Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Tour Announcement: Parachute and The Cab Summer 2012 Tour". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Matt Hires Tour Dates". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Parachute Tour Dates 2014". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  16. ^ "New Album "Wide Awake" + New Song + New Tour".
  17. ^ "Wide Awake Tour: Leg 2".
  18. ^ "Parachute - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  19. ^ Sullivan, Lindsey (14 January 2016). "Hear Pop-Rockers Parachute's Gospel-Infused New Song 'Without You': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  20. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Nielsen Business Media Inc. 2006-02-15.
  21. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Nielsen Business Media Inc. 2006-02-15.

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