Saturday Nov 12 12:45 PM
on Authentic Stage
Mixing full-throttle rock with dollops of blue-eyed soul, vintage R&B and melodic pop radio anthems in-the-making, Parachute has arrived. With roots in Charlottesville, VA, the five members of Parachute have been friends for years and have developed a sound that is all their own. Will has been playing with drummer Johnny Stubblefield, bassist Alex Hargrave and saxophone/keyboardist Kit French since they were classmates in high school almost seven years ago. Will met Nate while attending University of Virginia together, and the guitarist joined the band three years ago. The unmistakable energy on stage is a result of their friendship, and it has helped them to find many successes within their mixed genre.
Parachute’s debut album Losing Sleep was released on Mercury Records (IDJ) in May, 2009, and has sold over 100,000 copies. The album went to #1 on the iTunes and Amazon charts, and reached #39 on the Billboard Top200. In conjunction with the release, their second single “Under Control” was released as the iTunes Free Single of the Week and went on to be one of the most downloaded releases of all times with over 600,000 downloads that week. In winter 2009, the band released a holiday EP titled Winterlove which has sold over 16,000 units.
Although the band has found many successes in their studio release, their major achievements can be found on the road. In 2009, Parachute played approximately 175 shows including headlining dates and support slots for band such as Switchfoot, O.A.R., Three Doors Down and Secondhand Serenade. In November 2009, the band took off on a national tour as support for American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson’s “All I Ever Wanted” Tour, which included dates in Canada. The tour was so successful, that Parachute was invited to tour with Kelly on the international leg of her tour in 2010. Other major touring opportunities in 2010 have included a co-headlining tour with Safetysuit in January (with sold out shows in New York, Boston, Minneapolis, and St. Louis, a headlining run in the UK, and an appearance on VH1’s Best Cruise Ever in April.
Since their major label debut, the band has performed live on Good Morning America (ABC), The Early Show, (CBS) and Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC). Additionally, they have had songs placed on The City (MTV), One Tree Hill (CW), Vampire Diaries (CW), and 90210 (CW). Their first single, “She Is Love”, was part of a major television campaign with Nivea Skincare, and was followed up by the company with a second campaign featuring the band’s second single “Under Control”.
This summer, the band has spent the majority of their time in Los Angeles with producer John Fields working on their new album. They will play 18 dates in their headlining tour this fall, including shows in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Austin, and two private college dates.