Biography

Multiple Grammy nominated artist Kashif began his life as Michael Jones, born in Harlem, NY and was later transferred into the foster care system where he would spend most of his formative years.  His introduction to music began with just a $3 flute while in the fourth grade. By age 12 he had mastered several instruments and began playing in New York's premier clubs and had become one of the most sought after musicians on the local band scene.

In 1974, a young Michael Jones was recruited to join renowned funk band B.T. Express, whose credits include the mega hits "Here Comes The Express" and "Do It Til You're Satisfied", among others.  It was during that time that he changed his name to Michael Kashif Jones and took on the stage name Kashif Saleem.  As their keyboardist and vocalist, Kashif would also go on to pen songs for the group.

Kashif left B.T. Express in 1979 to begin his solo music career.  Through the remainder of his career he produced and/or wrote smash hits for Evelyn Champagne King, Whitney Houston, Melba Moore, Howard Johnson, Kenny G, George Benson, Me'lisa Morgan, Al Jarreau, Johnny Kemp and Will Downing just to name a few.  He received Grammy nominations for his songs "The Mood", Edgartown Groove", "The Movie Song" and others.  In 1996 he added author  to his talents, writing and self publishing the book "Everything You'd Better Know About The Record Industry" which sold worldwide.  In 2004, Kashif was inducted into the R&B Hall Of Fame as a "Living Legend" and went on to produce and direct commercials and corporate films.  In the years to follow, Kashif lended his time and energy to find ways to improve the lives of youth in the foster care system, the mentorship of young people and received various community awards for his efforts.  Kashif, who's name means "inventor, discoverer, and magic maker", spent his lifetime creating a legacy lives on through his music, achievements and humanitarianism.