Kashif

Kashif

Real Name:
Michael Jones
Profile:
From his teenage years as a member of the '70's seminal funk band B.T. Express through his solo work, Kashif has worked as a musician, author, software developer, lecturer, film producer, and educator. But music is and always will be his first love. As a producer/songwriter he has produced and or written songs for Whitney Houston, Kenny G (2), George Benson, Barry White, Lil' Kim, Evelyn King, Will Downing, Dionne Warwick, Howard Johnson, Johnny Kemp, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Da Brat, Meli'sa Morgan and other artists.

Never knowing his real parents, Kashif (whose name means "inventor, discoverer and magic maker") grew up in eight foster homes. Learning to play a $3.00 song flute at the age of seven provided him with what turned out to be an important common denominator in his unstable environments. By the age of 15 he joined B.T. Express whose credits included early funk/dance hits like "Here Comes The Express" and "Do It 'Til You're Satisfied".

It was while he was signed as a solo artist with Arista Records, that Kashif teamed with New England Digital to help further develop the Synclavier, the world's first sampler. His use of the computerized instrument was recorded on tracks like "I Just Got To Have You (Lover Turn Me On)", "Stone Love", "Help Yourself To My Love" and the Grammy-nominated instrumental "The Mood". His second album, "Send Me Your Love" resulted in two Grammy nominations ("Edgartown Groove", featuring Al Jarreau, and "Call Me Tonight"), while his 1985 release "Condition of the Heart" also yielded another Grammy nomination with "The Movie Song." He wrote and produced "Inside Love" for George Benson and helped launching the career of Kenny G with the tracks "Hi How Ya Doin', and "Nightime In Tribeca". He then teamed up with then-newcomer Whitney Houston. The result was Whitney's first across-the-board smash "You Give Good Love", which he also co-wrote, and "Thinking About You", a single track from Whitney's successful debut-album. Kashif also worked with Whitney Houston on her second album. He produced Dionne Warwick's "Reservations For Two" which he duetted with her. He also sang on and recorded another duet titled "Love Changes" with Mel'isa Morgan, taken from his same-titled album.

In the 1996, with an invitation from the UCLA Extension program, Kashif created a course called "Contemporary Record Production With Kashif". He also wrote and self-published the book "Everything You'd Better Know About The Record Industry." In 2001 Kashif started Brooklyn Boy Software and developed three software products, the Music studio Organizer, Music Business 411, and the Complete Music contracts Pack. Most recent music projects include producing "Brooklyn Breezes" for Will Downing, producing the Duke Ellington Tribute CD for the Duke Ellington Foundation featuring Nancy Wilson, Kenny Lattimore, Eugene Young, and other original members from Duke's band. The theme song for the 2001 Para-Olympics was another creation he worked on.

September, 2003 marks the release of "Music From My Mind", a double CD. The 15 new songs plus the entire first Kashif LP on Arista records is being release on CD for the first time ever. This compilation includes songs like "Ain't Nothin In The World Like A Black Woman", "Superfly", and "Tossin Turnin" from the new set and "Lover Turn Me", "Help Yourself To My Love", and "Stone Love" from the old school set.

Kashif's Company:

Brooklyn Boy Entertainment
(310) 827-1819
P.O. Box 3029, Venice, CA 90294-3029
Previous website: http://www.brooklynboy.com
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Kashif Discography

Albums

Kashif Kashif (Album) Arista US 1983 Sell This Version
Kashif Send Me Your Love (Album) Arista Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Kashif Condition Of The Heart (Album) Arista, Arista UK 1985 Sell This Version
Kashif Love Changes (Album) Arista US 1987 Sell This Version
Kashif Kashif (Album) Arista Europe 1989 Sell This Version
Kashif Who Loves You? (Album) Expansion US 1998 Sell This Version
Kashif Music From My Mind (Album) Brooklyn Boy Entertainment US 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Kashif Help Yourself To My Love Arista US 1983 Sell This Version
Kashif I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) (Single) Arista UK 1982 Sell This Version
Kashif Say Something Love (Single) Arista US 1983 Sell This Version
Kashif Stone Love (Single) Arista, Arista US 1983 Sell This Version
Kashif Are You The Woman (Single) Arista Spain 1984 Sell This Version
Kashif Ooh Love (Single) Arista US 1984 Sell This Version
Kashif Baby Don't Break Your Baby's Heart Arista US 1984 Sell This Version
Kashif Dancing In The Dark (Heart To Heart) Arista US 1985 Sell This Version
Kashif Condition Of The Heart (Single) Arista, Arista US 1983 Sell This Version
Kenny G (2) & Kashif Kenny G (2) & Kashif - Love On The Rise (Single) Arista, Arista UK 1985 Sell This Version
Melba Moore & Kashif Melba Moore & Kashif - Love The One I'm With (A Lot Of Love) (Single) Capitol Records US 1986 Sell This Version
1A K060-20 1372 6 Melba Moore & Kashif Melba Moore & Kashif - Love The One I'm With (A Lot Of Love)(12") Capitol Records 1A K060-20 1372 6 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Kashif & Meli'sa Morgan Kashif & Meli'sa Morgan - Love Changes Arista US 1987 Sell This Version
Dionne* & Kashif Dionne* & Kashif - Reservations For Two (Single, Maxi) Arista Canada 1987 Sell This Version
Kashif Love Me All Over Arista US 1988 Sell This Version
Whitney Houston / Kashif Whitney Houston / Kashif - One Moment In Time / Olympic Joy (Single) Arista, Arista UK 1988 Sell This Version
SPRO-79399 Melba Moore & Kashif Melba Moore & Kashif - i'm In Love (12", Promo) Capitol Records, Inc. SPRO-79399 US 1988 Sell This Version
AD1-9708 Kashif Loving You Only(12") Arista AD1-9708 US 1988 Sell This Version