Kashif Saleem (born Michael Jones in 1959) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, composer, author, director and educator. Kashif first taught himself to play a $3 song flute at age seven and later the piano in the basement of his church. At age 15, Kashif joined B. T. Express and performed on stages around the world. He studied Islam and changed his name from Michael Jones to Kashif, which means discoverer and inventor. He crafted his own distinctive sound and later signed with Arista Records enjoying success as a solo artist.
In 1985, Kashif teamed up with then newcomer, Whitney Houston. The result was the hit “You Give Good Love”. Kashif also produced and was her duet partner on “Thinking About You”, a single track from Houston’s 17-million selling (30 million until current day) debut-album. The album became the bestselling debut album by a female artist. Kashif also produced “Where You Are” on Houston’s second project, the result, a 15-million selling (25 million until current day) album entitled “Whitney”.
In 1987, he produced “Love Changes”, a chart topper in which Me’lisa Morgan was his duet partner and the title was taken from his bestselling album, which had the same name. Also contained on that album was another duet that yielded yet another international hit, the song “Reservations For Two” with Dionne Warwick. Between 1987 and 1989, Kashif continued to churn out the hits for Jermaine Jackson, The Stylistics, Melba Moore, George Benson, Stacy Lattisaw, and many others.
Kashif’s fifth and last album for Arista was self-titled and released in 1989, the album included two hit singles, “Personality” and a cover of the 1973 hit “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)” by The Four Tops.
“Personality” was written by Gina “Go Go” Gomez & Nick Mundy with Gordon Williams and Howie Tee supplying the remixes. The Howie Tee remixes featured a rap by Chubb Rock on the Hip-Hop Personality and Personality Pageant mixes.
Personality (Split Personality Mix) 4:22
Personality (Musical Personality Mix) 4:31
Personality (Single Personality Mix) 4:32
Personality (Hip-Hop Personality Mix) 5:47
Personality (Personality Pageant Mix) 4:26
Personality (Jazzy Personality Mix) 4:49