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syn, *1959 US
Singer / Musician / Composer / Songwriter / Producer of R&B/Soul and Electronic
A.k.a. Kashif Saleem (previously Michael Jones) Michael Jones (4)

Kashif (born December 26, 1959, New York City, New York, USA – died September 25, 2016, Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA) was an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, composer, author, director and educator. As a producer and songwriter he worked with many artists including 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 others. 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. At age 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" and later he signed with Arista as a solo artist. It was during his time as a solo artist that Kashif teamed with New England Digital Corp 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 Meli'sa 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. He also worked on the theme song for the 2001 Para-Olympics. In September 2003 he released a double CD titled "Music From My Mind" consisting of 15 new songs plus the entire first Kashif album released on CD for the first time. Although Kashif worked as an author, software developer, lecturer, film producer and educator, music was always his first love.

  • Synthesizer
  • Backing Vocals
  • Drums
  • Keyboards
  • Electric piano
  • R&B/Soul
  • Electronic
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Pop
  • Dance
Plays With
G Force
Popular Tracks   
Love Changes (with Meli'sa Morgan) - Digitally Remastered 1998 on The Definitive Collection by Kashif
Stone Love on Kashif by Kashif
Help Yourself to My Love on Kashif by Kashif
I Just Gotta Have You - Digitally Remastered 1998 on The Definitive Collection by Kashif
I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) on Kashif by Kashif
Love Changes (with Meli'sa Morgan) on Love Changes by Kashif
Reservations for Two (with Dionne Warwick) on Love Changes by Kashif
Help Yourself to My Love - Extended Version on The Definitive Collection by Kashif
Are You the Woman (with Whitney Houston) on Send Me Your Love by Kashif
Don't Stop My Love on Kashif by Kashif

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Help Yourself To My Love (The Arista Anthology)Kashif2017Compil.
Send Me Your LoveKashif2014Album
Twilight Time EPHitomitoi / Grooveman Spot & Kashif2014Single
Kashif & Send Me Your LoveKashif2010Compil.
The Best Of...Kashif2005Album
Music From My MindKashif2004Album
The Best Of KashifKashif2002Compil.
あなたのキスを数えましょう Opus IIYuki Koyanagi With trans@k Duet With Kashif2000Single
The Definitive CollectionKashif1998Compil.
Who Loves You?Kashif1998Album
Good Ol' DaysKashif1998Album
The Best Of KashifKashif1992Compil.
Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got)Kashif1990Single
Love Me Like This / I Just Gotta Have YouReal To Reel / Kashif1990Album
Love Letter Out Loud / Step Into My WorldKashif1990Single
I'm In LoveMelba Moore Duet With Kashif1988Single
Say It Again / Love Me All OverJermaine Stewart / Kashif1988Single
Love Me All OverKashif1988Album
Loving You OnlyKashif1987Single
Reservations For TwoDionne Warwick & Kashif1987Single
Love ChangesKashif & Meli'sa Morgan1987Album
Love ChangesKashif1987Album
Love The One I'm With (A Lot Of Love)Melba Moore & Kashif1986Single
Condition Of The HeartKashif1985Single
Condition Of The HeartKashif1985Album
Dancing In The Dark (Heart To Heart)Kashif1985Single
Love On The RiseKenny G & Kashif1985Album
Are You The WomanKashif1984Single
Baby Don't Break Your Baby's HeartKashif1984Album
Pure DynamiteJermaine Jackson, Kashif, Billy Ocean, Hugh Masekela, Ray Parker Jr.1984Compil.
Ooh LoveKashif1984Album
Send Me Your LoveKashif1984Album
I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On)Kashif1983Album
Say Something LoveKashif1983Single
Stone LoveKashif1983Album
I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On)Kashif1983Album
Help Yourself To My LoveKashif1983Album
Love Letter Out LoudKashifSingle
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