Parachute - "Stripped"
Dr. Phillips Center presents in association with Foundation Presents: Parachute - "Stripped" w/Emily Hackett
Show date: October 7, 2015
Show time: 7:30 P.M.
Tickets start at $25.00
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
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 the 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 guys 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, they released a self-titled EP in August 2007 and several months later, the band changed their name to Parachute and contributed a song to the national TV campaign for Nivea. In 2009, they released Losing Sleep which marked Parachute's major-label debut and peaked at #40 on the Billboard charts. The band returned to the studio to record their sophomore album 2011’s The Way it Was followed by Overnight (2013) which hit the #3 spot on iTunes album charts and marked the band’s highest chart position, reaching #15 fifteen on the Billboard Top 200.
Parachute continues to tour around the country having performed with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Gavin DeGraw, NeedtoBreathe and Andy Grammer. In 2013, they co-headlined a national tour with The Plain White T’s. They’ve also performed before crowds of over a million at a New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. Parachute as appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS’ The Early Show. Their songs have been featured on MTV’s The City along with CW’s One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries and 90210.
In May 2014, guitarist Nate McFarland announced that he was leaving the band to pursue his MBA at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.
The band is currently in the studio working on their next album expected to be released in 2015. The hypnotic new single “Crave” is already gaining traction with radio stations around the country. Mixed by Tony Maserati (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Nick Jonas), the single speaks to the relentless emotion felt in a passionate love affair.