Kashif Saleem, born Michael Jones (December 26, 1956-September 25, 2016), started his professional career as a 15-year-old keyboardist with B.T. Express. After spending four years with the group, he left to join Stephanie Mills.
In 1983 he went solo for the Arista label and produced a string of hits, including four Grammy nominations. Considered by some to be Arista’s answer to Prince and Warner Bros., Kashif was an early pioneer of the use of synthesizers in R&B.
He recorded with Kenny G, George Benson, Melba Moore, Dionne Warwick, Al Jarreau and others. Perhaps is most-famous collaboration was with the young Whitney Houston for whom he produced the hit “You Give Good Love.” He also produced and sang “Thinking About You” with Houston on her debut Whitney, which has sold 25 million copies.