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Bertie Blackman
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Bertie Blackman’s first encounter with her artistic self came as a child sashaying across her mother and father’s paint strewn studio floor. The daughter of iconic Australian artist Charles Blackman, not many musicians can boast a foundation of emotional expression like Bertie, “I come from a family of painters, so everything I do is pretty visual. You can see and feel my music”.

Bertie first stepped onto the scene with ‘Headway’ (2004), her folk-inspired debut album powered by acoustic guitar. The album’s single ‘Favourite Jeans’ became Bertie’s radio breakthrough and saw her dubbed “Australia’s underground queen”. On her second album, ‘Black’ (2006) Bertie returned armed with an electric guitar delivering a sexier, gritty rock sound. “There’s always been something about a feisty girl with an axe and a pen…” (Mess + Noise - 2006)

Constantly evolving as an artist, Bertie continued to develop her sound on ‘Secrets and Lies’ (2009) blending electronic influences with her signature vocal style and penchant for brutally honest lyrics in a modern exploration of pop music. “I wanted to do something more electronic and less band-oriented” says Blackman, “It’s dark, but it’s also a pop record”.

‘Secrets and Lies’ is a result of the meeting of great minds including Sydney based UK producer Lee Groves (Goldfrapp, Gwen Stefani) and Francois Tetaz (Gotye, Architecture in Helsinki.)

The album’s first single 'heart' was released in March 2009 and added to high rotation on Triple J and across the board on commercial radio network Nova. Altogether 'heart' was the 4th most added song on Australian radio in its premiere week of release. In April 2009 ‘heart’ was also one of the Australia’s most downloaded iTunes Singles of the Week of all-time.

The album Secrets and Lies was released on May 8, 2009 on Forum 5 Recordings with distribution through MGM and was presented as a Triple J Feature Album. In July ‘Secrets and Lies’ was nominated for a J Award, Triple J’s highest accolade for the best Australian album of the year.

The album’s second offering ‘Thump’ was mixed by Dave Bascombe (Tears for Fears/Royksopp) and mastered by Jon Davis at Metropolis London. The music video for Thump was met with instant rotation on MTV Video Hits, Rage and Channel V who nominated Bertie for [V] Oz Artist of 2009.

Hot off the heels of a 15-date sold out Australian album tour Bertie released her intoxicating third single ‘Byrds of Prey’ and embarked on Parklife 2009, ANS extensive summer festival dates including Falls, Sunset Sounds and Southbound. The video clip for ‘Byrds of Prey’ was featured on the Youtube homepage internationally in November 2009 as part of a showcase of Australian talent and has since received in excess of 100,000 views.

In November Bertie entered a new international chapter in her young career, travelling to the UK for a promo tour sparking radio play on BBC 1, BBC 2 and XFM ahead of the UK release of Secrets and Lies.

Upon her return Bertie was awarded the ultimate in Australian music industry accolades: an AIR Award for BREATHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF 2009 and an ARIA Award for BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE 2009.

The fourth single from Secrets and Lies, sultry electro-dance number ‘Black Cats’ was released in December 2009 and instantly became a summer anthem on Australian radio.

In February 2010 Bertie returns to the UK for a string of showcase dates in London including a headline performance at Club NME. March 2010 sees Bertie returned to Australian soil for national dates as the main support act for La Roux’s Australian tour. <<Less

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Bertie Blackman song listing @ J Play
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DownloadTitle (click on a song for more info)Most recent airing
Baby Teeth 7/02/2010 5:10 PM
Beams 15/04/2015 9:56 PM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies - Black Cats Black Cats 2/10/2016 12:41 PM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies Remixed - Black Cats (Shazam Remix) Black Cats (Shazam Remix) 29/09/2010 5:51 AM
Boy 8/03/2016 6:53 AM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies - Byrds of Prey Byrds Of Prey 1/01/2017 10:11 PM
Clocks 1/05/2009 3:26 AM
Closer 24/07/2008 7:53 PM
Come To Bed 1/05/2009 3:22 AM
Fast Bitch 14/05/2012 3:47 AM
Favourite Jeans 20/05/2015 9:45 PM
Gold Dust Woman 25/04/2011 3:23 PM
Growl Howl 11/09/2013 3:12 PM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies - Heart Heart 6/02/2017 3:08 PM
Hide And Seek 19/09/2013 2:32 PM
Bertie Blackman - Black - Hold Me Close Hold Me Close 30/10/2013 2:16 AM
Free Download @ JJJ In The Air Tonight (live) 20/10/2011 6:44 AM
Kingdom Of Alone 27/11/2014 9:08 PM
Last Song 19/06/2007 7:04 PM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies - Lust and Found Lust And Found 22/02/2010 2:36 PM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies Remixed - Lust and Found (M-Phazes Remix) Lust And Found (M-Phazes Remix) 22/04/2010 9:27 PM
Mercy Killer 25/12/2014 4:40 AM
Minute By Minute 3/12/2014 4:57 AM
Mistakes 28/08/2013 1:36 AM
Bertie Blackman - Peek-A-Boo - Single - Peek-A-Boo Peek-a-Boo 8/06/2013 6:08 AM
Run For Your Life 20/10/2016 3:08 AM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies - Shout Out Shout Out 30/11/2012 7:12 PM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies - Sky Is Falling Sky Is Falling 25/03/2010 1:25 PM
Stella 5/08/2013 3:32 AM
Bertie Blackman - Black - Television Television 26/01/2012 2:13 AM
The Mercy Seat (live) 11/12/2011 5:29 PM
Free Download available The Sky Is Falling (Taggy Remix) 12/01/2011 2:27 AM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies - Thump Thump 8/12/2014 5:12 PM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies Remixed - Thump (Wild Turkeys Remix) Thump (Wild Turkeys Remix) 23/04/2010 9:58 PM
Town Of Sorrow 1/05/2009 3:39 AM
Tyrone 2/10/2007 6:36 PM
Valentine 1/05/2009 3:44 AM
War Of One 9/08/2015 1:56 PM
Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies - White Owl White Owl 11/02/2010 5:07 AM
White Owl (Neal Sutherland Remix) 7/04/2010 9:22 PM
Bertie Blackman - Black - You Kill Me You Kill Me 8/03/2012 1:47 AM
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