Maryann Cotton officially released his new album on July 3, 2020, entitled ”Hallelujah.”
This album is the most personal album Maryann has ever written. It gets close to the character Maryann Cotton, the ups and downs of the music industry, touring life across Europe and the United States and drama in his private life with personal demons – all spread over 8 new songs.
Maryann Cotton (28) born Jackie Patino, grew up in Ballerup and became known throughout the country back in 2006 when he came in 2nd in the show Star Search. He subsequently played all over the country, weekend after weekend over a 2-year period. In 2009 after appearing in several TV commercials and TV series, TV3’s ”Lulu and Leon” he decided to create his alter ego and return to music as the stage character Maryann Cotton.
His life took a huge turn when he was discovered in 2012 by American Producer and Hitmaker Dick Wagner as a writer. Dick Wagner wrote hits for Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Guns’ N Roses, KISS, Frank Sinatra, Meat Loaf, etc. Soon after, Maryann traveled to New York and started writing music for a concept album with the hitmaker who opened the door to rock star friendships from, Michael Jackson’s musicians to John Lennon’s producer and the rock legend Alice Cooper, who ended up writing 3 songs for Maryann Cotton.
Dick Wagner wanted Maryann Cotton to move to Hollywood, California, where the album was to be recorded. Everything was made readily available to the Danish rock singer, from a huge house in Hollywood to his own car to drive. Wagner assembled a team of rock A-list musicians and producers to record his albums.
”I was living the life. I was 23 and worked with all my greatest heroes every time we met with record labels or producers, and planned recordings for my album, it was always names like Johnny Depp to Steven Tyler who were always mentioned at the table. They had plans for me to record music and make movies in the US.
“I was well prepared and had the best team behind me. I got instructions and guidance from every angle, every day over the phone and email.”
Maryann Cotton’s album was completed in the spring of 2014, but 3 weeks before the final recordings, 71-year-old producer Dick Wagner died of pneumonia following a heart surgery and the project and album went down the drain.
”It was a hard blow! A lot was expected of me and it took a lot mentally to work with such big names. I was on top of my game every single day. There was always something new for me to do in my inbox when I woke up every morning. I gave my life and career away and left it all to my producer. We built a very close bond to one another, and from one second to the next, the rug was torn out from under me. I lost not only my producer but also my best friend through 2 intense years. It was really like getting a bucket of cold water right in my face. I saw my dream disappear before my eyes.”
”I had lost hope over a period of time, and it was difficult for me to start all over again without my mentor.”
”I gathered my band and chose to try my luck in Denmark and struggled through 2015 and 2016 to break through in Europe and the Danish market, with no success. We played at small clubs in Europe and everything was disorganized. It was mostly about alcohol and girls. Fighting battles became part of being on tour. I searched for an adrenaline kick every single day and ended up in a hospital in Latvia after being smashed over the head with a bottle at a nightclub in Riga. I was lying on a hospital bed, being rolled down a long hallway in an old hospital. No one could speak English and I thought for a moment that I was dead. 6 hours after, I was released with various bruises and stitches. I was on the stage again in a new city and it was just another night out.”
”After touring abroad and in Denmark, I realized that it was not the right time for Maryann Cotton. The Danish and European scene was not ready for my image and band.”
During a meeting in Copenhagen, I told my band that I would go back to the U.S. and start all over again. There was no doubt with the rest of the band, they were all for that idea. We had a tour set up in large parts of the U.S. and in January 2017 we traveled to Los Angeles without any expectations. We quickly noticed a completely different mentality. The first day we arrived in Hollywood we were constantly stopped by people at gas stations, restaurants, and on the streets. People were stopping in their cars to take pictures of us and with us. It was really overwhelming! We were just a rock group from Denmark. We lived in a camper van for 3 weeks in Los Angeles, but we were quickly accepted and partied at luxurious hotels and nightclubs with other bands and actors every day before our first show on the Sunset Strip. We played at the legendary rock club Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood where all our great heroes started their careers. Bands like The Doors, Mötley Crüe, Guns N Roses, Van Halen, and Alice Cooper. It was a great evening for the whole band. I clearly remember sitting and doing my makeup, getting ready for our show in the same dressing room where all of my idols have been sitting in with the same dreams. 10 minutes before showtime, the promoter came by our dressing room and told us that the show was sold out.
Standing on stage in mid-Hollywood and playing our first show in front of a sold-out audience was absolutely crazy.”
”We continued the trip and we were able to get anything and everything we wanted. We had many girls at our concerts, and we partied every night in a new city and state. The band got bigger and bigger and we quickly built a reputation all over the U.S. but without knowing it the egos got bigger too. We lived the lifestyle ”sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll,’ forgetting ourselves and it eventually became hard and tough to make it work. There was a lot of quarreling and jealousy in the band and we forgot to enjoy the tour during the last few weeks.
We ended the tour where we started and were back in California. We were on the red carpet in Los Angeles partying with a lot of girls that night, but we were saturated and tired and not on par with each other. 12 hours before we were supposed to be at LAX airport we were in Beverly Hills, we were having serious quarrels with each other. We were all frustrated and it ended by the band breaking up the last night of the tour. We couldn’t handle the sight of each other and ultimately flying home separately.”
The show must go on…
”I should have said stop and take a break, but the show must go on; so, I made some changes to the band and we returned to the U.S. the following year and toured. We had a bigger budget and a bigger crew, but it was never the same with the new crew. It was the summer of 2018 and we had a few days off in Las Vegas before the tour started. We sat at a small sports bar and watched the World Cup, when suddenly my father Hal Patino (who is also my bass player) got up and said he couldn’t breathe. I tried to keep him conscious but suddenly, he fell into my arms and was on the ground unconscious for about 20 seconds. Fortunately, I was with a girl (Chera Leigh, former Playboy model); she called for an ambulance while I was trying to give my dad CPR. The ambulance arrived quickly, and he was rolled on to the stretcher and into the ambulance. I sat in the front seat and on our way to the hospital one doctor told me that I should be glad he was alive. He went into cardiac arrest and his blood pressure was very high, 140/90. He was hospitalized in Las Vegas and we had to cancel the first week of the tour. I kept it a secret for my family back home in Denmark until I knew more about his condition. SHIT! A shitty start to our USA trip, it couldn’t get any worse. My dad was hospitalized, our entire tour was canceled before we even started, and the rest of the band and crew didn’t know whether they were coming or going. I sat in a hotel suite doing press interviews. I was the one responsible for the canceled shows. Fortunately, Chera offered her help and took care of all the calls and communications with the hospital for me. She stayed with me and drove me to the hospital every single day so I could visit my dad. It meant everything to me, because we didn’t really know each other.”
“A week later I said goodbye to Chera and the band and I took the tour bus to Canada in hopes of resuming the trip. On the way we stopped at the hospital where I said goodbye to my dad and told him I was hoping to see him soon so we could play some rock ‘n roll. We had a 48-hour drive to Canada from Vegas and 3 days after we arrived my dad was discharged from the hospital. He flew in that afternoon and we played the first show that evening and resumed the tour. After 10 days of hospitalization, the same day he was discharged from the hospital, the old man was on the stage again! Wow! He’s a tough nail, and a real rocker! However, it was with mixed emotions that we continued the trip. I was mentally exhausted and had lost a lot. I was mostly skin and bones. I worried a lot and was nervous about whether my father was stable enough to travel and perform the concerts. We played for thousands of people during the rest of the tour and did some outdoor festival shows in the month of July. But I was not myself and every time I looked at my stage clothes, I got nauseous. I couldn’t bear to be Maryann Cotton. I felt a huge void and I was missing something… Chera!
I kept in touch with Chera and talked to her every day, I just had to see her again.
We were swimming in offers from groupies after all our concerts all over the U.S., but the desire was gone, and I only had one girl in my head.
The last destination of the tour was Los Angeles and we had 2 weeks left. I called Chera and asked if she would come to see our last show in Hollywood and we agreed to meet after the tour.”
”The new line up in the band did not work and alcohol began to speak louder than the music. Our drummer had a serious alcohol problem, and no one was able to communicate with him. I had mentally reached rock bottom and had no courage to complete the rest of the trip.
We finally reached Los Angeles and the trip was over. I saw Chera again after a month and I felt at home. She was what I needed. I chose to stay in the U.S. and said goodbye to the band. I knew it was over. My guitarist Sebastian Sly gave our drummer a clear message and kicked him out of the band at LAX airport.
I stayed in Los Angeles with Chera for a week and then we went back to Las Vegas. I needed to get back on track and she gave me safety from rock ‘n roll life. Alice Cooper came to town and played at The Palms and I was asked if I would make a guest appearance with his band. I played ”I’m Eighteen” and ”School’s Out” and it was the last gig I did for a year. ”
”Chera and I became a couple in the summer of 2018, and I took a break from the music for a year and moved here permanently. ”
”My decision to move here did not fall into good standings back in Denmark. My ex-girlfriend chose to dig into my past and sold stories that I had been unfaithful to her to the Danish media. Drama and gossip broke loose and I read stories about myself every week. Chera and I got hundreds of hate messages from my ex-girlfriend’s followers on social media. We had just become a couple and I really felt sorry for her having to constantly read bad shit about me in the press while also receiving vicious comments from groups of people in Denmark. I had to explain to her about my past life as a rock singer and the price you sometimes have to pay. Fortunately, Chera is ice cold and professional and has handled all the drama in my life with a stiff arm. However, my family in Denmark was more affected by it all and being so far apart in another country did not help. Especially my mother. But, as I always say, I’m sorry that I’ve hurt some people with my actions and there are many things I have done that I am not particularly proud of. Unfortunately, I cannot change what has happened. I have learned from my mistakes and have changed my lifestyle.”
”In late 2019 and almost a year later, I started missing the music and playing concerts again, but I still had no solid band. My girlfriend told me to man up and bury the hatchet, so I went back to Denmark and met with my old original drummer. We had not talked to or seen each other for 3 years since the breakup in Hollywood, so I was excited to see him. I wondered what it would feel like looking each other in the eyes again. We met in an apartment in Copenhagen and the chemistry was flowing. It felt like we were back on stage again and we were all ready for a reunion. We were friends again and put the past behind us. Our record label organized a photoshoot and it was officially announced that we were back. Offers from large parts of Europe and the U.S. came in and we started 2020 with our largest North America tour to date. The spark was back, the band sounded better than ever and the fans were wild. We got great reviews across the board and it was a pleasure to perform as Maryann Cotton again.”
My New Album ” Hallelujah ”
”Life is like an emotional roller coaster and full of ups and downs, but for me it’s been worth it. My new album is about many of the experiences I have had throughout my life and career and living up to an image of good and evil. Usually we write lyrics and music for the character Maryann Cotton. I don’t see him as myself but as a fictional character who only exists and lives on stage, so writing my new album has been a little different.”
”When the album was finished, I was getting cold feet when I thought it was getting too close to me and not the character. Until 1 day I had an epiphany; the reason I am where I am today is because of Maryann Cotton. It has almost been a form of self-therapy to write all the new songs. This is clearly the best album I have ever made. I’m looking forward to the fans hearing it.”
Maryann Cotton moved in 2018 with his girlfriend Chera Leigh. Today, they live in a beautiful home in Las Vegas. Chera is a lingerie model and ambassador for the American fitness brand The Sweatstore. They have been together for 2 years on July 1, 2020.
Fans can find and follow Maryann Cotton on social media and keep up to date with the rock star on his website:
Follow him on Facebook: @MaryannCottonOfficial
On Instagram: @maryanncotton