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