YouTube performer shows positivity, inspiration


Mackenzie Freund

YouTube star Sara Masterson performs some of her new songs for her audience Thursday in the 7th Street Underground of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

Lynette Jackson, Staff Reporter

Telling stories of positivity through music, singer-songwriter Sara Masterson showed her passion for performing Thursday evening in 7th Street Underground.

Masterson’s performance was part of the University Board Mainstage’s YouTube series that shows different artists’ talents and musical expression.

UB Mainstage coordinator Tylen Elliot, a sophomore communication studies major, said he wanted to branch out with his selection of performers.

“We wanted to bring a different genre and we try to appeal to the largest audience possible,” he said.

Masterson provided inspirational music to the audience of about 20 people.

Arius O’ Neal, a sophomore family and consume sciences major, said Masterson personally connected to the audience.

Masterson said her music has power that tells a lot of stories.

During the show, she performed music from her new EP “Always the Beautiful” along with a mix of uplifting music.

Aaliyah Stephen, a sophomore communication studies major, said a lot of YouTube artists have talent, but they are never broadcasted.

“I actually listened to her music and she is a wonderful singer,” Stephen said.

Masterson said her music is personally written and dear to her heart.

“I want my songs to be beautiful, encouraging and uplifting to display hope and light,” Masterson said.

During her performance she spoke about her life, experiences and different connections to each song she performed.

Many members from the Apostolic Christian in Today’s Society Campus Ministry, who sponsored this event, were present.

Masterson sang 10 songs during her performance. Her songs displayed a mix of folk and inspirational music.

Most of her music had more of a storytelling nature of what life experiences she witnessed thought out her life

Masterson is from Chicago and grew up in a musical family.

She said she began singing in church when she realized her talent.

“I realized how powerful music is with the meanings and stories,” she said.

Masterson said she graduated from college and was in a band that began her music journey.

“I loved performing at Eastern, and everyone is friendly and lovely,” Masterson said. Information about Masterson can be found on her website at


Lynette Jackson can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].