Back when they were in high school, PARACHUTE’s Will Anderson (vocals, guitar), Johnny Stubblefield (drums), and Christopher “Kit” French (saxophone, keyboards) spent nearly every afternoon in Anderson’s basement dreaming up songs showing a deep affinity for classic pop, heart-felt rock, and tuneful blue-eyed soul. Now, after a decade of touring internationally and turning out hit singles like the platinum "She Is Love" (#1 at iTunes), the gold "Kiss Me Slowly," "Forever And Always," and "Can't Help" (from the album Overnight, which debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top 200), PARACHUTE’s last album Wide Awake (2016) reclaimed the spirit that first sparked their love of music.
In the early days, the band quickly began landing gigs locally and soon gained a following at the nearby University of Virginia. Losing Sleep, their inaugural release under the name Parachute, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Digital Albums Chart and climbed to #40 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Over the next few years, along with releasing The Way It Was and Overnight (which shot to the #3 spot on iTunes), Parachute toured with such artists as Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw, in addition to three sold out headlining tours.
“One of the biggest highlights over the years is definitely playing all these venues that we dreamed about growing up,” says Anderson. “Anytime we play a show like that, it’s just mind-blowing for us.”
The band embarked on several tours during the Wide Awake album cycle including the “Wide Awake Tour” in the Spring and Summer of 2016 as well as the “Tour De Compadres” in the Fall of 2016 with NEEDTOBREATHE and Mat Kearney. The extensive touring and promotion once again spawned an infectious, smash single, "Without You," which jumped to the top of the band's Spotify Top 10.
Following the “Tour De Compadres,” the band continued to tour across North America in 2017 with their sold out “Getaway Tour” in the Spring and a series of intimate acoustic shows in the Fall. Since then, PARACHUTE have been hard at work writing and recording for their 5th studio album. Expect new music in the second half of 2018.
Penny & Sparrow
Singer | Songwriter Duo
Texas born duo Penny and Sparrow hunt for what’s really there in the dark on their 2017 release of Wendigo. With a musical maturity that has been honed over half a decade and hundreds of live shows, Kyle Jahnke and Andy Baxter are presenting their most sonically diverse & ambitious album yet.
Rejoined by Chris Jacobie (producer and engineer of their albums Creature, Tenboom, Struggle Pretty & Christmas Songs) Penny & Sparrow delve into numerous new and eclectic soundscapes throughout Wendigo, without sacrificing the sharp and deep reaching honesty that’s accompanied their body of work thus far.
Listening to Wendigo is hearing the true to life soundtrack for the Baxter and Jahnke families. The footsteps, the wood creaking, and the din of supper prep heard throughout. The songs were recorded in their shared home and reinforce the sense of integrity that has long been a staple of the band.
The creature with which this album shares its name is a shape shifter. One moment it looks completely normal and the next it’s all fangs and gore. In an instant, it can slip its skin and go back and forth from ominous and ugly to hope and lovely. Life can be like that. Hell, all of us can be like that. Knowing this, Penny and Sparrow offer Wendigo as the flashlight you can arm yourself with. Use it to see what’s worth fearing and what was actually beautiful all along. Shine it into whatever patch of darkness scares you. For better or worse, at least you’ll know what’s there.
Texas Folk Band
Why is our band named after a tiny little Texas town? That's a good question, and one we had to chew on for awhile. Then on a frosty morning in Nashville, Tennessee, we were sitting down to coffee with a friend. As a passing comment she mentioned “oh, Willow City, the place where your dreams took root.” And that was it. We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Willow City, Texas; nonexistent on a map but well known for the wildflowers that spring up from the rocky soil. It's just a few miles from this little town that we have dreamed big dreams, worked hard, sweated, practiced, and created our music. The journey so far hasn't been without some pain and a few tears, but the laughter and memories end up drowning those out. We're incredibly grateful that God has led us on this journey of sharing love and laughs and music with audiences around the nation, inspiring others to live their purpose, while providing hope for the future. We want to demonstrate that a family can work together and have fun in the process, loving each other and giving grace in the moment. We are Willow City, and we're grateful you're along for the ride. Now, roll the windows down, crank the tunes up, and let's sing for all we're worth.
Singer Songwriter | Founder of Aid The Silent
Emma is an internationally-known role model for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) community and founder to nonprofit organization, Aid the Silent. Aid the Silent is a system of support for the different branches of: deaf ministry, deaf education, deaf research and deaf resources. The overall mission is to aid economically-disadvantaged deaf children and teens to reach their full, unlimited, God-given potential and to live life more richly by providing access to hearing and speech resources, ASL lessons, as well as ministry-related activities.
Emma was Miss San Antonio 2015 where she took individual awards for Overall Talent, Overall Interview and Miss Congeniality. She placed Top 10 in the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant 2015 where she won the Inspiration Award, Quality of Life Award, Academic Interview Award and Spirit of Texas (Congeniality). Emma is legally deaf, sings and plays four instruments: piano, guitar, ukulele and the kick drum.
In the fall of 2016, Emma Faye was crowned Miss San Antonio 2017 being the first to hold this title twice since the first titleholder in 1923. She will compete in Miss Texas in July 2017.
Emma publically advocated for the largest theater in San Antonio to offer captioning for their HOH/deaf patrons and won with Star Wars being the first movie played there with open captions.
She has had more than 21 TV appearances, two of which were broadcast syndications that aired in 50 markets. She has been featured on dozens of local and national print and digital publications nationwide. She has given her testimony at 100+ speaking engagements in the last year. When Emma is not at events or running the nonprofit, she dedicates any of her spare time as a staff member for the Greater Area San Antonio Young Life, a group dedicated to showing teenagers the great love of Jesus through friendships. She started the pilot program for Deaf Young Life in fall of 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Emma Faye has been a Young Life leader and Social Media Coordinator for three years with Boerne Area Young Life.
Zoë Nutt & The Union
Zoë Nutt & The Union is a Nashville based Americana/Folk band currently recording their second album. Zoë's first album, "Like You", addresses her progressive hearing loss, her second album is slated to release this Spring. The group has played festivals that include Rhythm N' Blooms Festival (TN), Riverbend Festival (TN), Red Ants Pants Festival (MT), as well as having played her songs with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
Zoë Nutt is a storyteller. She likes to tell stories with music and poignant and meaningful lyrics, but it’s perhaps her vocal interpretation of those words that brings her musical tales to life. Simply put, Zoë Nutt is a voice you will not soon forget.
Raised in Knoxville, and a songwriting graduate of Belmont University's Curb College in Nashville, Tennessee, Zoë has a way of quieting a room and hushing those voices in our heads that make it hard to sit and listen, so that all you want to do is hear the next thing she is going to sing.
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