Classically trained, with over a decade of performing experience in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jennifer spent much of her early years on stage with local and regional opera companies. After founding City Opera SF, which focuses primarily on themed shows highlighting Italian and French opera, pop-opera and classic song selections for local events and venues within San Francisco, Jennifer became increasingly inspired by crossover performances, songwriting and collaboration opportunities. A series of recordings followed: French pop album Ciel de Paris, uptempo version of Ave Maria, original pop-opera duet with Tenor Mete Tasin In Questa Vita as well as Mission Eyes' single releases Free, Rever, Heartstrings and Rayos del Sol. More information about Jen and her music can be found at JenniferMuhawi.com.
Born and raised in the city of Milwaukee, WI, the emcee known as Leader 1was summoned to the San Francisco Bay Area, California, after completing undergraduate studies in Tuskegee, Alabama. A solid upbringing by an elementary school teacher and a minister has given him a well-balanced perspective on today’s world, which can be heard through his songs. This man blesses microphones with a range of influences from hip-hop, rock, alternative, reggae, soul and more. Connecting with the crew at Lyrical Discipline (est. in San Jose, 2001) had a major impact on his appreciation of the craft and on the general principal of providing a “curse free” outlet in the fading art of the freestyle. He has released several projects and mixtapes since “Check Below the Radar” Vol. 1 in 2007, toured across the U.S. and had the opportunity to rock mics abroad as well. While not performing his solo hip-hop music or working on collaborations with other like-minded artists, he enjoys sports and travel. Currently, he is a staple at “R.O.T.C” (Return of the Cypher), a weekly open freestyle session Sunday nights at the Boom Boom Room (SF), and “Revolver”, a similar session which occurs on a monthly basis, first Wednesday nights at Showdown (SF). Look for Leader 1 to help save the planet and continue to make moves in 2015 & beyond!
Mission Eyes is a collaboration between Leader 1 and Jen Muhawi, blending rap/hip-hop with classically influenced vocals.
All original material, our first release "Free" was produced by Juan Caipo of Rockolito Music. The message within "Free" amplifies the emphasis of unity in our music, and is also a reflection of the diversity and cultural/artistic varieties found in the Mission District of San Francisco, from which our sound is influenced.
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Original music collaboration.