Royalty Exchange, the online marketplace for music and entertainment royalties, today announced the upcoming auction of royalties from the catalog of iconic R&B singer, songwriter, producer and six-time Grammy nominee, Kashif.
The week-long auction opens on Fri., Nov. 8 at 12 p.m. ET and concludes on Fri., Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. ET. The sale will feature royalty streams from more than 152 songs, including hits written and produced for Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick, Janet Jackson, Kenny G, George Benson, Barry White, Lil’ Kim, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Will Downing, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Da Brat, Me’lisa Morgan, Johnny Kemp and Monica, just to name a few. As an artist, Kashif has been responsible for 17 Top 10 hits. As a producer/songwriter he has sold over 70 million records worldwide, earning him Grammy nominations in multiple categories.
Kashif originally signed with Arista Records as a solo artist in 1980, climbing 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 more Grammy nominations for “Edgartown Groove,” featuring Al Jarreau, and the instrumental hit, “Call Me Tonight.” In 1985, Kashif received a fourth 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 also in 1985 that Kashif met and launched the career of then-unknown Kenny G with the electrifying, “Hi How Ya Doin” and “Nighttime in Tribeca.” The same year, Kashif collaborated with a newcomer named Whitney Houston, resulting in the smash hit “You Give Good Love,” which instantly sent her career into the stratosphere. Kashif also produced and was Houston’s duet partner on “Thinking About You,” a track from Houston’s first album which became the top-selling debut album of all time by a female artist. Kashif also produced “Where You Are” on Houston’s second album, Whitney, which sold 15 million copies.
In 2004, Kashif was inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame as a “Living Legend.” He is recognized as a brilliant musical talent who continues to have a major impact on the recording industry. The product of eight foster homes, Kashif has not only achieved critical acclaim as an artist and producer, he is the author of the highly successful book, Everything You’d Better Know About the Record Industry, an insider’s guide to navigating a professional career in music. Kashif has also taught courses at UCLA through its extension program.
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