|Investment Term:||70 years (plus Life of Author)|
Bid on 50% of the writer’s share of BMI public performance royalties generated from a collection of over 98 songs by prolific R&B singer, songwriter and producer Kashif. This listing includes royalties from each of his albums, as well as his productions for other artists.
BACKGROUNDKashif, whose name means ‘inventor, discoverer and magic maker’ has spent a lifetime doing just that, inventing, discovering and making magic. He is legendary; a super producer, songwriter, artist, author, director, documentarian, and a music icon. He has produced and written chart topping smash hits for Whitney Houston, Kenny G, George Benson, Barry White, Lil’ Kim, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Will Downing, Dionne Warwick, Janet Jackson, Johnny Kemp, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Da Brat, Me’lisa Morgan, Johnny Kemp, Mariah Carey and Monica just to name a few. In 1980, Kashif signed with Arista Records as a solo artist and continued his unrelenting assault on the R&B music charts with hits 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’. In 1983, his second album, ‘Send Me Your Love’ resulted in two Grammy nominations, ‘Edgartown Groove’, featuring Al Jarreau, and instrumental ‘Call Me Tonight’ along with the hits ‘Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart’ and ‘Are You The Woman’. In 1985, he received another Grammy nomination for yet another instrumental entitled ‘The Movie Song’. He also wrote and produced ‘Inside Love’ for his musical idol, George Benson. It was during this time that he met and launched the career of then unknown Kenny G with the electrifying ‘Hi How Ya Doin’ and ‘Nighttime In Tribeca’. In 1985, Kashif teamed up with then newcomer, Whitney Houston. The result was the smash hit ‘You Give Good Love’ which instantly sent her career into the stratosphere. Kashif also produced and was her duet partner on ‘Thinking About You’, a single track from Whitney’s astounding 17-million selling debut-album. The album Kashif became the best selling debut album by a female artist. Kashif also produced ‘Where You Are’ on Whitney’s second project, the result, a 15-million selling album entitled “Whitney”. On November 14th, 2004, Kashif was inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame as a ‘Living Legend’. That year Janet Jackson’s hit “R&B Junkie” utilized a sample of ‘I’m In Love’ written and produced by Kashif. Kashif currently lives in Maui, Hawaii where he plans to help provide educational and arts programming for youth and those interested in the music and entertainment industries. He is currently producing and directing a ten part documentary series entitled “The History Of R&B Music and Its Influence On World Culture” for world wide distribution.
- “Love Come Down” – Evelyn King
- “Lover Turn Me On (I Just Got to Have You)” – Kashif
- “So Fine” – Howard Johnson
- “I’m in Love” – Evelyn King