Seventh Day Slumber

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Seventh Day Slumber
Seventh Day Slumber in performance at the Pro-Life Music Festival 2006 (Winona Lake, Indiana).jpg
Pro-Life Music Festival 2006, Winona Lake, IN
Background information
Origin Dallas, Texas, United States
Genres Christian rock, hard rock, post-grunge, alternative metal
Years active 1996–present
Labels BEC, Word, Mercy Street, Afinia
Website www.seventhdayslumber.com
Members Joseph Rojas
Jeremy Holderfield
Jamie Davis
Ken Reed
Past members Talia Haughn
Ray Fryoux
Elliot Lopes
Rusty Clutts
Adam Witte
Tim Parady
Evan Weatherford
Michael Johns
Juan Alvarez
Joshua Schwartz

Seventh Day Slumber is a Christian rock band from Dallas, Texas formed in 1996. They were an independent band for five years.[1] until signed to BEC Records in 2005. They are best known for their songs "Oceans from the Rain" and "Surrender". "Oceans from the Rain" was the 14th most played song on Christian CHR radio in 2006 according to the Weekend 22. Their songs have been featured frequently on X the album series.

History[edit]

Joseph Rojas tried to commit suicide following a cocaine binge, and became a Christian while being taken to the hospital in an ambulance.[2] The band formed in 1996 and were later signed to BEC Recordings.[3][4] He teamed with guitarist Evan Weatherford, bassist Joshua Schwartz and drummer Adam Witte. After signing to the Afinia label the group issued Matthew Twenty-Five three years later. Their second album Freedom From Human Regulations was also released on an independent album before they made their major-label debut with Picking Up the Pieces in 2003.

Seventh Day Slumber released Once Upon a Shattered Life in 2005 which spanned their hit singles "Caroline" and "Oceans from the Rain". The album hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 26 on the Top Christian Albums chart. After re-releasing Picking Up the Pieces that same year, they released Finally Awake in 2007. It peaked at No. 16 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart. The Spanish-language album Rescátame contained re-recordings of previous songs and it won the 2009 Dove Award for Spanish Language Album of the Year at the 40th GMA Dove Awards.[5] It was followed by Take Everything, an album of new arrangements of Christian music worship songs. The album peaked at No. 141 on the Billboard 200 and No. 11 on the Top Christian Albums charts.[6] The Anthem of Angels was released in November 2011.

Inspirations and Lyrical Content[edit]

The band's name Seventh Day Slumber comes from Genesis 2:2 where on the seventh day, after creating the universe, God rested.

Seventh Day Slumber's lyrics mostly focus on issues such as suicide, drugs and home abuse. For example the meaning for the album "Finally Awake" was quoted by the band as "The message of this album is clear. We want to empower kids to stop looking to the media, to what the world tells them they have to be, to find identity. You don't have to be what everyone else tells you to be or even what we think you should be."[citation needed]

Tours[edit]

Seventh Day Slumber has gone on numerous national tours.

Members[edit]

  • Joseph Rojas—Vocals/Guitar
  • Jeremy Holderfield—Guitar
  • Blaise Rojas—Drums
  • Ken Reed—Bass

Former members[edit]

  • Talia Haughn-Comer— Bass
  • Joshua Schwartz— Bass
  • Ray Fryoux— Drums
  • Elliot Lopes— Drums
  • Rusty Clutts— Drums
  • Adam Witte— Drums
  • Tim Parady— Keys/Vocals
  • Evan Weatherford— Guitar
  • Michael Johns- Guitar
  • Juan Alvarez- Drums
  • Phillip King- Keys/ Vocals
  • Jamie Davis-Drums
  • Matt Norwood - Drums

Discography[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Album Chart Position
2005 Once Upon a Shattered Life Top Heatseekers 1
2005 Once Upon a Shattered Life Top Christian Albums 26[9]
2007 Finally Awake Top Heatseekers 62
2007 Finally Awake Top Christian Albums 16[9]
2007 Finally Awake Top Christian & Gospel Albums 1
2009 Take Everything Top Christian Albums 11[9]
2009 Take Everything Billboard 200 141[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seventh Day Slumber - BIO/ChristianMusic.Com, ChristianMusic.Com. Retrieved on 2007-05-21.
  2. ^ "Seventh Day Slumber praise in the hard places". Christianity Today. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "BEC Recordings’ Seventh Day Slumber set to Release new Studio Album, The Anthem of Angels, on November 15th". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Seventh Day Slumber Biography". Bing Music. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Nominations Announced for 40th GMA Dove Awards on CBN.com (February 20, 2008)
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/278762/seventh+day+slumber/chart
  7. ^ "Seventh Day Slumber – The Anthem Of Angels (2011)". Christian Sonic. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "No Longer Off Limits". Crossrhythms. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Billboard chart success". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 

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