kashifKashif (born Michael Jones on December 26, 1956 in New York City, New York) was a singer\songwriter\record producer\multi-instrumentalist who worked with various artists such as Whitney Houston, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Stacy Lattisaw, Johnny Kemp, George Benson, Exposé, Jermaine Jackson and the Stylistics.

During his childhood, Kashif grew up in foster care. When he was in elementary school, he began playing the flute and later learned to play other instruments such as the piano, trumpet, saxophone and tuba. By the age of 12, Kashif began performing in nightclubs in New York such as the Copacabana & Lloyd Price’s Turntable.

In 1974, 15-year-old Kashif was recruited as a keyboardist and vocalist for funk band B.T. Express. In 1978, he left the band and got a job as a keyboardist for Stephanie Mills.
kashif-1983In 1983, Kashif signed a record deal with Arista Records and during that same year, he released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #54 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
just-gotta-have-youThe lead single from the album “I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On)” peaked at #103 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #28 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #5 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. It also peaked at #79 on the U.K. Singles chart.
stone-loveThe second single from the album “Stone Love” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
help-yourselfThe third single to chart from the album “Help Yourself to My Love” peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
say-somethingloveThe last single released from the album “Say Something Love” didn’t appear to make the charts at all. One of the songs from Kashif’s debut album, the instrumental “The Mood” was nominated for a Grammy Award.
send-me-your-loveIn 1984, Kashif released his sophomore album “Send Me Your Love” which peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
babydontbreakThe first single from the album “Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart” peaked at #108 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #40 on Billboard’s Hot Dance and #6 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
are-you-the-womanThe second single “Are You the Woman” peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
ooh-loveThe last single released from the album “Ooh Love” peaked at #75 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks.
love-on-riseIn 1985, Kashif was featured on Kenny G.’s song “Love on the Rise” which peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks and also at #87 on the U.K. Singles chart.

During that same year, his instrumental “Edgartown Groove” featuring jazz musician Al Jarreau earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.” Another instrumental of Kashif’s “Call Me Tonight” was also nominated for a Grammy Award.

conditionDuring that same year, he released his third album “Condition of the Heart” which peaked at #144 on the Billboard 200 and #32 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
condition-of-heartThe title song peaked at #34 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks

dancing-in-the-darkThe second single from the album “Dancing in the Dark (Heart to Heart)” peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
love-the-oneDuring 1985, Kashif received another Grammy award nomination for another instrumental of his called “The Movie Song.” He also sang a duet with R&B singer Melba Moore on her song “Love The One I’m With (A Lot of Love)” which peaked at #5 on Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
love-changesIn 1987, Kashif released his fourth album “Love Changes” which peaked at #118 on the Billboard 200 and #17 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
reservationsThe first single “Reservations for Two” (a duet with R&B singer Dionne Warwick) peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks and also peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
love-changes-singleThe second single, another duet called “Love Changes” (featuring R&B singer Meli’sa Morgan) became a hit, peaking at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
love-me-all-overThe third single from the album “Love Me All Over” peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
loving-you-onlyThe last single from the album “Loving You Only” peaked at #60 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 7 weeks.
im-in-loveIn 1988, Kashif sang another duet with Melba Moore called “I’m in Love” which peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
kashif-89In 1989, Kashif released his fifth (and second self-titled) album which peaked at #29 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was also the last album he released on Arista Records.
personalityThe lead single from the album “Personality” peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks and was the highest charting single from the album.
aint-no-womanThe follow-up single, a cover version of The Four Tops’ song “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)” peaked at #33 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

In 1996, Kashif created a program for UCLA (also known as The University of California, Los Angeles) called “Contemporary Record Production with Kashif”. He also wrote & self-published a book called “Everything You’d Better Know About the Record Industry” which sold over 375,000 copies worldwide.
who-loves-youIn 1998, he released his sixth studio album “Who Loves You?” on Expansion Records. The album includes two hit songs “Bed You Down” and “Mingo Weya”, but it’s unknown how or if the album or the songs charted at all.
music-from-my-mindIn 2000, Kashif produced the theme song for the Para-Olympics. Four years later in 2004, he released his last album “Music From My Mind” on the Brooklyn Boy Entertainment imprint label.

Along with his career as a musician, Kashif was also quite the activist. In 2006, he created & founded the Team iCare Foundation and produced the very first Walk\Run for Foster Care at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. During that same year, he founded Kashif University (which is located on the campus of Morningside High School in Inglewood, California) which is a integrated education & arts training program for at risk youth ages 8 to 18 years old.

He had received community awards from various people such as the California State Senate, then-Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villariagosa, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Los Angeles County Children & Family Services and all five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

He also wrote, produced & directed commercials & corporate films for Hyundai Motors America, the Casey Family Programs, UPS, the St. Joseph Health System, the Patten Academy and many more. He also produced & directed a 10-part documentary series called “The History of R&B Music and Its Influence on World Culture.”

Sadly on September 25, 2016, Kashif passed away in Los Angeles, California from natural causes. He was 59 years old.

Kashif was a talented musician who has worked with numerous artists and was considered a pioneer in urban music thanks to his specific synthesizer technology approach & introducing MIDI in his music production.

Rest in peace, Kashif. You will never be forgotten.

To see a fan-made video for “I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Stone Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Help Yourself to My Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Say Something Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart,” go to:

To see the music video for “Are You the Woman,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Ooh Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love on the Rise” with Kenny G., go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Condition of the Heart,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Dancing in the Dark (Heart to Heart),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love the One I’m With (A Lot of Love)” with Melba Moore, go to:

To see the music video for “Reservations for Two” with Dionne Warwick, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love Changes” with Mel’issa Morgan, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love Me All Over,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Loving You Only,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’m in Love” with Melba Moore, go to:

To see the music video for “Personality,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got),” go to:

As a bonus, here are videos of Kashif’s Grammy Award-nominated instrumentals:

To see a fan-made video for “The Mood”,  go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Call Me Tonight,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Edgartown Groove,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Movie Song,” go to:

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