Daniel Edwin “Danny” Carey was born in Lawrence, Kansas to parents who were finishing their college degrees at Kansas University. When Danny Carey was 3 years old, the Careys moved to Paola, Kansas. Danny Carey grew up in a middle-class American household with an older and a younger brother. His mother was a school teacher and his father worked as a manager for a large insurance company. It was Danny Carey’s father who first exposed him to the wonders of music, by taking him to the music library at the University of Kansas to show him Gustav Holst’s most famous suite, The Planets.