IVAV recording artist Steven Malcolm celebrates a career in full bloom with the release of his highly-anticipated third album, Tree, today. On an album filled with guest stars such as Snoop Dogg, Shaggy, Fisk Jubilee Singers, and more, Tree remains grounded in the sharply-written lyrics and eclectic energy of its creator: a musician who has learned to lead by example, funneling his faith into songs that inspire and invigorate. Listen to the album here.
"Jamaicans pronounce the number three by saying 'tree,'" notes Malcolm, the son of a Jamaican man who left the family during Malcolm's youth. "This being my third studio album, I wanted to focus on the growth and fruit that came from a foundation rooted in truth. I'm a family man now. With me being a present dad in my son's life, I'm changing the trajectory of my family life. I'm repairing the family tree. My son will know what a man of God and a faithful husband looks like."
Tree marks Malcolm's most fully realized blend of hip-hop rhymes and reggae rhythms and the most collaborative record of his career, featuring appearances from an acclaimed roster of guests. The Fisk Jubilee Singers add their world-renowned gospel harmonies to the album's opening track, "Heavenly Father," while rap icon Snoop Dogg contributes a verse to the West Coast-inspired single "Summertime," and Malcolm teams up with Shaggy on "Fuego (R3HAB Remix)," a dancehall anthem that has already earned more than five million digital streams.
Malcolm also makes room for nearly a dozen additional collaborators on the album's remaining tracks, including KB, Jay-Way, Ty Basel, and Social Club Misfits, the bulk of which were written during an inspiring weekend in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. A 6x Dove Award nominee with multiple Top 40 hits on the Billboard charts, Malcolm has earned his stripes as a Christian hip-hop icon. Tree finds him stretching skyward, reaching new heights while remaining rooted as a songwriter, husband, father, and Man of God.
"I'm zoning in," he says proudly. "I've stood firm in my faith, and I'm still on the front lines. Through all the highs and lows of my career, I've seen fruit be borne from this ministry that God has given me. So what is that, when you're standing firm, you're rooted, and you see so much fruit? That's a tree." After a brief pause, he smiles and adds, "Remember that Jesus himself was a carpenter. He touched tree every day."
Steven Malcolm's Tree is available today. Listen here.