After touring non-stop for five years, driving through the night to get to the next gig and sleeping in a van with a bunch of dudes, Dawson was sick of the rock musician's lifestyle. He decided to move to Nashville to study songwriting in college. While there he filmed a mashup of a couple of Taylor Swift songs
with his Belmont University dorm mate Louisa Wendorff. The video went viral and earned Dawson a publishing deal with Neon Cross Music.
"Not only did it help me get into the eye of the labels and all that, but it helped me get a publishing deal, it helped me get a manager, it helped me get an agent, it helped me get all of these things," Dawson told Billboard
. "It really helped everything. If that hadn't happened, I would still be here doing what I do, but it just might have taken longer."