HistoryJoseph Rojas tried to commit suicide following a cocaine binge, and became a Christian while being taken to the hospital in an ambulance. The band formed in 1996 and were later signed to BEC Recordings. 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. 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. The Anthem of Angels was released in November 2011.Inspirations and Lyrical ContentThe 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."ToursSeventh Day Slumber has gone on numerous national tours.Mid to late 2007 - ShoutFestDec 2007 to Jan 2008 - With After Edmund and Jackson WatersMiddle of 2008 Creation FestJuly 18, 2009 Ignite Chicago"Small Town America Tour" from August 2011 to February 2012 promote their The Anthem of Angels album.