Jennifer Muhawi

KQED Arts interviewed Mission Eyes, with duo Leader 1 and Jennifer Muhawi. Click here to read about the collaboration.

Classically trained with a unique, warm tone quality, Jennifer is constantly expanding her horizons with how to apply her vocal ability and musical talent; from opera and classical performances to classic pop to songwriting, she has positioned herself in a genre-blending niche while staying true to her natural timbre and personal style. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle for her "charming presence", Jennifer has been performing in the SF Bay Area for over a decade, at local and regional opera companies as well as popular downtown venues. She is known for her beautiful tone and versatility. 

City Opera SF

In late 2009, Jennifer founded City Opera SF to offer locals an opera/pop-opera experience in unconventional venues. Since then, the group has performed at the Legion of Honor, de Young Museum, Union Square (with Union Square Live performances), Ghirardelli Square for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Cafe de la Presse near Union Square, Amante in North Beach, at the North Beach and Union Street Festivals, with People in Plazas and in other lively spaces. Visit for more information. 


In mid-2011, Jennifer was invited to join Doug McKeehan, an exceptional jazz pianist, for a six-month performance run at the Villa Florence Hotel on Powell Street in Union Square. Together, they produced the French pop/crossover album Ciel de Paris, a project which inspired subsequent genre-blending collaborations. In 2012, Jennifer teamed up with producer Juan Caipo of Rockolito Music for the release of an uptempo, revamped version of Schubert's Ave Maria. In 2013, she debuted an original pop-opera duet with tenor Mete Tasin, called in questa vita, and currently, she is working on a rap-opera-hip hop project with emcee Leader 1, titled Mission Eyes. Their first four releases are now available on iTunes, Amazon & on the music page. See for more information on the new hip hop-era duo.                      

Mission Eyes

Mission Eyes is a collaboration with emcee Leader 1, which has resulted in a unique sound, blending genres and cultures, and has guided Jen's pursuit to become more of a stronger, more versatile singer and songwriter. Check out the introductory video and website: 


About Jen

The Examiner featured City Opera SF, and Jennifer Muhawi as its creator, in a recent article. Click here to read more.​