5 Questions With ... Parachute
Indie pop/rock outfit Parachute were the recent guests for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Taking place at The Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., the group discussed topics including music placement in commercials and television, touring, musical influences, music education, and working with GRAMMY winners Lady Antebellum.
"For us it was always a no-brainer just to get on the road," said frontman Will Anderson regarding touring. "That was always our main goal and still is — to put on a great live show. To get to do it full time now is a dream come true. In the end, it's the best job in the world."
Parachute was originally formed as Sparky's Flaw in Charlottesville, Va., by Anderson (vocals/guitar), Kit French (saxophone/keyboards), Alex Hargrave (bass), Nate McFarland (guitar), and Johnny Stubblefield (drums). Sparky's Flaw gained popularity at nearby University of Virginia opening shows for pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph and with the release of their first independent EP, One Small Step, in 2005, which led to a record deal with Mercury Records subsidiary Smash Records. A self-titled EP followed in 2007 and in 2009 the band released their major label debut, Losing Sleep, as Parachute. The album, which peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard 200, contained "She Is Love," a song that was featured in a commercial for Nivea. The band subsequently toured as the opening act for Kelly Clarkson and headlined dates with British songwriter Joe Brooks. In May Parachute released their sophomore album, The Way It Was, featuring "Kiss Me Slowly," a song co-written by Anderson with Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley. The band is currently touring the United States with Goo Goo Dolls and Michelle Branch.
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