IVAV recording artist Steven Malcolm announced his fourth studio album, BOATS, dropping anchor on February 23, 2024. Beginning today, fans can pre-add, pre-save, and pre-order the 16-track collection here. An official trailer for the project can be viewed here.
An acronym for "Based On A True Story," BOATS is poised to transport listeners to a utopia of Malcolm's own creation. "BOATS will take listeners on a journey to Away--an oasis built for the chosen and run by the redeemed," he shares of the concept behind the record. "Imagine a place where you become what it is you long to become. Imagine a place where your gift makes a way. Imagine a place where its beauty reflects the ones who protect it, and its foundation is held together by the stories of the broken. Welcome to Away."
Previewing BOATS, Malcolm keeps the fresh hits, coming with "40," available today. The hip-hop heavyweight wages war against his flesh on the all-new original track that leads him into the wilderness bracing for a fight--listen here. Additionally, an accompanying music video for "40" premieres today--watch here.
The sure and steady, beat-heavy single tests Malcolm's will, but he's certain where his allegiance lies. "This song is one of my personal favorites. I've seen and heard of countless brethren falling away from the faith throughout my years of following Christ. And I get it 100%--actually living it, truly experiencing how wide the road to destruction really is," he shares of the serious message behind the track. "In Scripture, it says Jesus spent forty days and forty nights in the desert to be tested. This was a prophecy He fulfilled before setting out to do ministry. I hope this encourages believers to always fight and stay armored up."
Outfitted with moody vocal and thought-provoking lyrics, "40" is the second glimpse into Malcolm's forthcoming LP, following spiritual workout "Cardio," which debuted last month.
The Michigan native's next studio set is the highly anticipated follow-up to his familial 16-track collection, Tree, which recently received a 2023 GMA Dove Award nomination in the category of Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year. The nod marked Malcolm's seventh career Dove Award nomination. Last week, Malcolm announced winners in select Dove Award categories when he served as a presenter for the 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards pre-tel, which was streamed across the Gospel Music Association's social channels ahead of the televised broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).