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Bertie Blackman
Birth name Beatrice Octavia Blackman
Also known as Bertie Blackman
Born 1984
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Indie Rock
Occupations Singer-Songwriter
Years active 2003–Present
Labels Forum 5 Recordings/MGM
Neal Sutherland
Manny Bourakis
Sam Lawrence
Former members
Evan Mannell
Ben Hauptmann

Bertie (Beatrice) Blackman (born 1984) is an Independent Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist. She rose to fame with her debut album in 2004, entitled 'Headway' which came after years of prolific performances around Sydney's Inner city venues, where she developed a dedicated following.[1]


Early life and influences

Bertie is the daughter of renowned Australian artist Charles Blackman and grew up in the Inner-East Sydney suburbs of Bondi and Paddington. She began playing African percussion at the age of twelve and guitar at the age of fifteen.

Career Achievements

Bertie appeared on the Australian music scene in 2004 with the single "Favourite Jeans" taken from her debut album, Headway (2004) a folk-inspired acoustic music which established her as an Australian headline alongside contemporaries Something For Kate, Ben Lee and Alex Lloyd. She wrote music for Australian films including the title track to the 2008 production Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger which saw her collaborate with prodigious Australian producer Paul Mac.[2]

Her second album Black (2006) received positive reviews and high rotation on Triple J[3] and demonstrated Blackman's move away from folk music to a focus on rock.[4]

In 2008, Bertie signed with newly-formed Australian management company Forum 5 and began working on her third studio album, entitled Secrets and Lies which was recorded between Sydney and Melbourne with producers Lee Groves (Goldfrapp, Gwen Stefani) and Francois Tetaz (Architecture in Helsinki, Gotye) [5]

Her first single from the album, "Heart" was released on April 10, 2009 [6]. The song was added on high rotation on Australian radio station Triple J and nationwide on commercial radio network Nova as well as on regional and community stations across the country. [7] Altogether "Heart" was the 4th most added song on radio in the week of its release and entered the Australian radio airplay charts at #67. [8]

The album Secrets and Lies was the Triple J Feature Album for the week commencing Monday 27th of April 2009[9] and was officially released on May 8, 2009 on Forum 5 Recordings with distribution through MGM.

Secrets and Lies entered the ARIA album charts at No. 72 and peaked at No. 49.[10]

At the fourth annual AIR Awards, held on 22 November 2009, Bertie Blackman received four nominations for 'Best Independent Single or EP', 'Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year', 'Best Independent Album' and 'Best Independent Artist', winning 'Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year'.[11][12]

At the 2009 ARIA Music Awards, she was nominated for 'Best Independent Release', which she ended up winning.




  • Headway - Independent (BB3) (16 August 2004)
  • Black - Independent (BB7) (18 September 2006)
  • Secrets and Lies - Forum5 Recordings (F5BB09) (5 August 2009) (AUS #49)

Extended plays

  • Blue Sky Pueblo - Independent (BB1) (October 2003)


  • "Criminal of Desire" - Independent (9324690008193)(7 April 2003)
  • "Favourite Jeans" - Independent (BB2) (2 February 2004)
  • "You Kill Me Everytime" - Independent (BB4) (6 June 2005)
  • "Television" - Independent (BB5) (5 December 2005)
  • "Fast Bitch" - Independent (BB8) (2 June 2007)
  • "Town of Sky" - iTunes release (18 March 2009)
  • "Heart" - Forum5 Recordings (F5BB08) (10 April 2009)
  • "Thump" - Forum5 Recordings (F5BB10) (7 August 2009)
  • "Birds of Prey" - Forum5 Recordings (F5BB11) (6 November 2009)


  1. ^ Waterfront Records - Artist Info
  2. ^ Youtube Clip 'The Only One' by Paul Mac and Bertie Blackman -
  3. ^ JPlay Profile -
  4. ^ Bertie Blackman Beat Magazine Review -
  5. ^ JPlay Artist Bio -
  6. ^ Waterfront Records -
  7. ^ Bertie Blackman Official Myspace -
  8. ^ Music Network Magazine, Issue: #728/729 March 16/23 2009
  9. ^ Official Triple J Site Review -
  10. ^ "Bertie Blackman - Secrets and Lies". Australian Retrieved 8 January 2010.  
  11. ^ "2009 Air Awards". AIR. November 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009.  
  12. ^ Cashmere, Paul (24 November 2009). "The Drones Take Home The Major Air Award". Retrieved 27 November 2009.  

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