The Concierge Questionnaire: Jim McGorman, Musician and Producer

May 09, 2011

Within the music industry, Jim McGorman is known as a ‘triple threat’ – a prolific, multitalented and versatile singer/songwriter and record producer. A diverse multi-instrumentalist, based in Los Angeles, and armed with a prestigious degree from the Berklee College of Music, McGorman has played piano, guitar, bass and drums for a host of top charting artists and has worked with the who’s who in music. Jim has served as the musical director for Weezer, Michelle Branch and Paul Stanley of KISS, performed with Cher, Poison and INXS and has written songs with Shakira, David Lee Roth and Aaron Nevile. Furthermore, Jim can be found the studio, producing artists Adam Rader, Bek Phillips, Ryan Lutz and Kropp Circle, as well as working on new projects with Michelle Branch, Marissa Shipp and Spree Wilson. In 2010, McGorman played guitar for Shakira during the World Cup in South Africa and appeared with Avril Lavigne at the Vancouver Olympics Closing Ceremony. Currently, Jim McGorman can be found globetrotting as Avril Lavigne’s gunslinger guitar player with dates in 4 continents in 5 weeks!

Go to iTunes to download original music by Jim McGorman, visit for much more on this talented artist and be sure to listen to Jim on ConciergeQ Conversations with Chantal Westerman!

What is your favorite word to describe Los Angeles?

What word best reflects the people of Los Angeles?

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Los Angeles?
Though it exceeds the boundaries of “the valley”, the beach can certainly be Zen. If we are sticking to the valley, Lake Balboa or a hike up Fryman Canyon.

Lake Balboa: 6300 Balboa Boulevard, Van Nuys
Hours: Sunrise to sunset and fishing during park hours

Fryman Canyon Park:
8401 Mulholland Drive, Studio City
Please visit Fryman Canyon Park for a trail map of its 122-acres with spectacular views, fitness course, and access to the Betty B. Dearing Cross Mountain Trail!

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Los Angeles?
Batting Cages at Sherman Oaks Castle Park - and riding my bike past the zoo.

Sherman Oaks Castle Park: 4989 Sepulveda Boulevard
Regular Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-11pm, Friday 10am-12am, Saturday 9am-12am and Sunday 9am-11pm

What is your favorite indoor activity in Los Angeles?
Rock N’ Bowl Bowling at Pinz in Studio City.

Pinz: 12655 Ventura Boulevard
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-1am and Friday-Saturday 9am-2am
Glowin the Dark/Rock N’ Bowl Bowling: Monday 9pm-1am, Wednesday 6pm-1pm and Friday-Saturday 7pm-2am

What is your favorite sound or noise in Los Angeles?
We rarely get a breeze in the valley, but when we do, the sound is pretty great.

What is your favorite smell or taste in Los Angeles?
Carney’s in Studio City. The boards outside smell like the Jersey Shore (not the show - South Jersey). Carney's Cheeseburger and Mulberry Street Pizza in Encino.

The Carney’s Train has 2 Los Angeles locations.
Please visit Carney’s Train for additional information!

Mulberry Street Pizza has 4 locations in Los Angeles. Please visit Mulberry Street Pizza for additional information!

What drink best reflects Los Angeles?
Anything from Coffee Bean.

In 1963, Herbert B. Hyman started The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and today it has grown into one of the largest privately-owned, family-run coffee and tea companies in the world, with shops in Saudi Arabia, China and Israel. Please visit The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for store locations and much more!

What song or type of music best reflects Los Angeles?
Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty.

"All the vampires walkin' through the valley
Move west down Ventura Boulevard
And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows
All the good girls are home with broken hearts

And I'm free, I'm free fallin' "

If Heaven were Los Angeles, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Glad you finally made it. I hope you like chips and salsa.

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