In 2006, the Sydney-born songstress returned with Black, which took the melodic sharpness of Headway and injected electric guitars and plenty of gutsy attitude to create a record that helped Blackman gain an entirely new fan base, while arguably isolating those who found her expression through the genre of folk more enticing. Single "Fast Bitch" garnered more radio rotation on Aussie station Triple J than anything Blackman had previously put out. But while press attention was clearly gaining momentum in the artist's homeland, it would be 2009's Secrets & Lies that would help launch Bertie Blackman's career into international territory.
Showing once again that she could adapt her style to provide an even more eclectic back catalog, Blackman added '80s synth pop aesthetics to her arsenal. Having signed to the Forum5 label, she was clearly given a new lease of life on Secrets & Lies, which was produced by Lee Groves (Goldfrapp, Gwen Stefani) and François Tetaz (Gotye, Architecture in Helsinki). The release resulted in an AIR (Australian Independent Record) award for breakthrough independent artist and a hit single with "Heart." Furthermore, after playing a handful of Australian festivals, including Falls Festival and Southbound, Bertie Blackman embarked on a string of live dates in the U.K. -- including a headlining slot at London's Club NME -- before returning to Australia in early 2010 for a tour in support of La Roux. ~ Daniel Clancy, Rovi