James Neary

James Neary is an award-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and previous Hoosier Star winner. His unique, falsetto-driven, blues-twinged voice has been making waves since he won the first Acorn Theater Singer-Songwriter Contest in 2013. In the years since, James has toured with his band (James Neary and the Bevy Blue); lent his voice to multiple original albums and EPs; opened for the likes of John Mayall, Cracker, and Billy Strings; won Hoosier Star in 2016 with his rendition of the Queen classic, ‘Somebody to Love’; and joined brit-rock superstars Muse on-stage to perform their hit ‘Plug in Baby’. James is thrilled to be on the other side of the curtain to help decide this year’s Hoosier Star winner and wishes all the contestants the best of luck.