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Who is Refel?


About Refel Rushing



Hear his music on SoundCloud.


A true Renaissance man, Refel is a poet, short story writer, accomplished businessman, rancher, philanthropist, and musician. His latest musical endeavor is a song cycle, “Love over Time,” for which he has written nine songs. The album, which touches on the ups and downs through a love relationship, features vocals by Refel and orchestration by Jay Hinson. 


Click here for a more in-depth look at the evolution of the music.


Also in the works is Refel’s first single song with a Christian theme, which he hopes to promote within the religious community across the United States. He will be offering it free of charge to a variety of churches and using any publishing revenues to aid charities such as food pantries and centers that assist people experiencing homelessness. 


In addition to being an amazing songwriter and vocalist, Refel also is a philanthropist and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He serves as an advisor to the Texas State University McCoy College of Business.  


Refel has been making strides in the business and charitable worlds for many years. He retired as President and CEO of LoanSTAR Funding Group, Inc., which made groundbreaking work in the field of higher-education student-loan financing. Refel has played a pivotal role in establishing a public charity dedicated to increasing postsecondary education access for all Texas students, particularly those from underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. He personally has established a number of scholarship endowments at his alma mater, Texas State University. 


In addition to a lifetime of providing assistance in the world of higher education, Refel also has helped hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, and dialysis centers in Texas with procuring radiological equipment. He also has assisted in financing hundreds of millions of dollars for the construction of housing for low-income families.


A member of the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Refel lives on his Texas ranch with fifty-one cattle, five horses, four dogs, four cats, two donkeys, and many other species of wildlife.


To learn more about Refel, check out his “Press” page, his poetry site, or the website for

Shadow R Ranch, Refel’s commercial cattle business and working ranch. 


Check out his music by clicking here

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