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

AL 9620 Kashif Kashif (Album) Arista AL 9620 US 1983 Sell This Version
AL8-8205 Kashif Send Me Your Love (Album) Arista AL8-8205 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
257 426 Kashif Condition Of The Heart (Album) Arista, Arista 257 426 UK 1985 Sell This Version
AL-8447 Kashif Love Changes (Album) Arista AL-8447 US 1987 Sell This Version
260 239 Kashif Kashif (Album) Arista 260 239 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
XECD 14 Kashif Who Loves You? (Album) Expansion XECD 14 US 1998 Sell This Version
none Kashif Music From My Mind (Album) Brooklyn Boy Entertainment none US 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AS1-9063 Kashif Help Yourself To My Love Arista AS1-9063 US 1983 Sell This Version
ARIST 521 Kashif I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) (Single) Arista ARIST 521 UK 1982 Sell This Version
AS 1-9111 Kashif Say Something Love (Single) Arista AS 1-9111 US 1983 Sell This Version
AS1-9033 Kashif Stone Love (Single) Arista, Arista AS1-9033 US 1983 Sell This Version
A-106.681 Kashif Are You The Woman (Single) Arista A-106.681 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
AD 1-9305 Kashif Ooh Love (Single) Arista AD 1-9305 US 1984 Sell This Version
AS 1-9200 Kashif Baby Don't Break Your Baby's Heart Arista AS 1-9200 US 1984 Sell This Version
AS1-9447 Kashif Dancing In The Dark (Heart To Heart) Arista AS1-9447 US 1985 Sell This Version
A1-9415 Kashif Condition Of The Heart (Single) Arista, Arista A1-9415 US 1983 Sell This Version
Arist 618 Kenny G (2) & Kashif Kenny G (2) & Kashif - Love On The Rise (Single) Arista, Arista Arist 618 UK 1985 Sell This Version
V-15236 Melba Moore & Kashif Melba Moore & Kashif - Love The One I'm With (A Lot Of Love) (Single) Capitol Records V-15236 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
AS1-9626 Kashif & Meli'sa Morgan Kashif & Meli'sa Morgan - Love Changes Arista AS1-9626 US 1987 Sell This Version
AS1-9638 Dionne* & Kashif Dionne* & Kashif - Reservations For Two (Single, Maxi) Arista AS1-9638 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
AD1-9681 Kashif Love Me All Over Arista AD1-9681 US 1988 Sell This Version
111-613, 111613 Whitney Houston / Kashif Whitney Houston / Kashif - One Moment In Time / Olympic Joy (Single) Arista, Arista 111-613, 111613 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