Parachute is an American pop-rock band from Charlottesville, Virginia. 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 parts of the all-male a cappella group, the Virginia Gentlemen, while at college. After graduating from college in May 2008, the band began touring full-time. Later that year, they changed their name to Parachute.