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Seven Day Jesus (a.k.a. 7DJ or SDJ) was a Christian rock band formed in Huntington, West Virginia in 1994. The group disbanded in 1998, and reunited for one concert in 2004.

Seven Day Jesus
OriginHuntington, West Virginia, US
GenresChristian rock
Years active1994–1998


Band historyEdit

Seven Day Jesus was formed by childhood friends, singer and guitarist Brian McSweeney, rhythm guitarist Chris Beaty, bassist Wes Simpkins, and drummer Matt Sumpter. They began as a cover band, but soon began writing their own music.

Looking to break-out, the band released several albums, before being signed by 5 Minute Walk, an indie label in California. After releasing the critically acclaimed album (Hunger) in 1996, they were signed to ForeFront Records. In 1998, after a change in line-up, they released their self-titled album and changed their style significantly. The album spawned several hits, but the band quit recording soon after. The song, "Butterfly" was nominated for Rock Recorded Song of the Year at the 1999 Dove Music Awards, but lost to Jennifer Knapp's "Undo Me" from the Gotee Records release Kansas.

They did reunite in 2004, however, and played at Bleach's final live performance. The band released a live album soon after. There is no further news as to the future of the band. The album features two sets of songs from live performances in 1996 and 1998. McSweeney and Sumpter now play in the rock band Matthew. Chris Beaty joined The O.C. Supertones in 2003 and played with them until they disbanded in 2005. He is currently a guitar technician for Switchfoot. Fox then played guitar in The Red Velvet and ran Huntington's Broadmoor Recording Studio. McSweeney toured with Audio Adrenaline for their final shows.

In 2009, McSweeney appeared on the Relient K record Forget and Not Slow Down. He was featured on the song Therapy.

Band membersEdit

  • Brian McSweeney — vocals, lead guitar
  • Chris Beaty — rhythm guitar
  • Russ Fox — bass guitar
  • Kevin Adkins — drums
  • Wes Simpkins – bass (1994–1997)
  • Matt Sumpter – drums (1994–1997)



  • "Always Comes Around"
  • "O Holy Night" — Happy Christmas: A BEC Holiday Collection (1998)


  • "George" ("From Sustenance") appears on Hi! Here Is Our Alternative Compilation
  • "Big House" Audio Adrenaline cover appears on Forefront Records' Ten: The Birthday Album (1998)
  • "Butterfly" appears on Forefront Records' Seltzer 2 (1998)


  • "Always Comes Around", "Butterfly", and "Down with the Ship" from the self-titled album appear on the video game Original Dance Praise by Digital Praise, Inc (2005)


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