Next is an American r&b musical group, popular during the late 1990s. They are best known for their hit single, "Too Close".Fronted by founding members R.L. Huggar, and brothers Terry and Raphael Brown, the group was founded together by the Brown family's uncle, who was a local gospel choir director. They began performing under the name "Straight4ward." The group trained under and was managed for a time by Ann Nesby from the group Sounds of Blackness. Next was discovered in their home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota by producer and DJ artist KayGee from Naughty By Nature. They, subsequently, signed with KayGee's newly formed Divine Mill record label, which at the time was distributed through Arista Records.