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     Kashif (26th December 1959-Present)

    He is a singer-songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist best known for keyboards, arranger, producer and author born Michael Jones in Brooklyn, New York.  He began his musical career by playing trumpet for the artists Robert Wedlaw and when he was 15 he became a member of the successful group B.T. Express, this time as a keyboardist.  They had already found their fame in 1974 with their hit song "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)" which was followed by others such as "Express" and "Give It What You Got" and from 1976 he performed on the clavinet, synthesiser, organ and other keyboards with them.  He left the group in 1979/1980 to become a co-founder of the company Big M Productions and concentrate on songwriting and producing.  Sometime around 1981, after having become a Muslim, he changed his name to Kashif Saleem and that same year he started seeing further success as a producer and songwriter with Melba Moore's "Take My Love" and Evelyn King's "I'm In Love".  The following year in 1982 he saw a further success with Howard Johnson's "So Fine".  Not forgetting his own career he started recording demos with another group, Stepping Stone and toured with the singer Stephenie Mills and this led to him landing a contract as a solo artist with Arista Records. That same year he released his debut album, which was self-titled and this resulted in the four hit records "HelpYourself to My Love", "I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On)", "Say Something Love" and "Stone Love".  This shot him into the limelight and started gaining him attention for being a pioneer of the use of electronic instruments and synthesisers in R&B music.  Further albums were released and he was also being sought after for his songwriting and production skills with four Grammy nominations for "Call Me Tonight", "The Mood", "The Movie Song" and "Edgartown Groove" which featured Al Jarreau on vocals.  His last hit as a solo artists cam in 1987 with his duet with Meli'sa Morgan "Love Me All Over".  In 1990 he decided it was time for a change and so stopped recording and spent his time giving music instruction classes and seminars and holding workshops.  Feeling the urge to return he signed a contract with Expansion Records who primarily sell their recordings to the UK market and within a matter of months released his Who Loves You album.  The artists he has worked with/for as a songwriter, producer and/or musician are many but a few of them include Debbie Allen, the Average White Band, Peabo Bryson, Change, Expose, The For Tops, Kenny G, Jermaine Jackson, Stacy Lattisaw, Melba Moore, Freda Payne and Tavares.  As you can imagine, his discography as a producer, musician and/or songwriter is fairly extensive but a choice selection of them include his own After You, Condition of the Heart, Love Changes, Music From My Mind and Send Me Your Love as well as In Your Eyes by George Benson, Energy to Burn, Function at the Junction and Shout! by B.T. Express, Sensual Journey by Will Downing, Feelin' Lucky by High Fashion, Whitney by Whitney Houston, Keepin' Love New by Howard Johnson, Get Loose by Evelyn King and Reservations for Two by Dionne Warwick.   On the academic side of his career he put together the Contemporary Record Production course after an invitation by U.C.L.A. in 1994.  The following year his company Brooklyn Boys Books, Entertainment and Information, which is based in Los Angeles, published his book Everything You'd Better Know About the Record Industry.

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.myspace.com/kashifjones
    2. http://www.brooklynboy.com/pages/about_kashif.html
    3. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:aiftxqe5ldse~T1
    4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashif_%28musician%29
    5. http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/BT%20Express.html
    6. http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Kashif.html
    7. http://www.soulfunkspecial.com/kashif.htm
    8. http://www.soultracks.com/Bt_Express
    9. http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Kashif:1927003989?sort=za
    10. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:aiftxqe5ldse~T4
    11. http://www.discogs.com/artist/Michael+Jones+(4)

     

    Here he is singing "Are You the Woman"...

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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